With the WGA strike all but over, some of the work on the third season of Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, as well as other Star Trek properties, can resume.
The Writers Guild of America has reached a tentative agreement with studios which would allow writers to return to work. As of this writing, picketing has been suspended, and the deal will be presented to the WGA board today. As reported by Trekmovie, the WGA Negotiating Committee, in a letter to its members stated, “We can say, with great pride, that this deal is exceptional—with meaningful gains and protections for writers in every sector of the membership.”
Though this won’t allow actors to return to work until the SAG-AFTRA strike is over, the new deal for WGA writers will allow work to resume on scripts and pre-production of Star Trek properties. And that’s good news for Star Trek: Strange New Worlds as most of its scripts were already complete and most of pre-production was complete as well.
The WGA strike will delay the release of Star Trek series, but it will be worth the wait.
Now that things are close to getting back to normal, soon, we’ll be looking forward to the debuts of the newest seasons of Star Trek as well as the new series that is coming down the pike, including Starfleet Academy and the Section 31 movie. And it’s entirely possible Star Trek: Legacy will be able to be greenlit soon.
Of course, we’re still waiting on the SAG-AFTRA strike to be resolved, but Star Trek: Picard actress Michelle Hurd was positive that the resolution of the WGA strike would only bring good things for the actors.
"“They have to get to an agreement with WGA. And I have faith and I’ve had hope that when they come to that agreement, they’re gonna come to right to next table with us and they’ll make an agreement. And as long as everybody’s going to play nice and play fair, this strike can end.”"
Yes, this has caused delays in productions and might mean we won’t see any of the new series until 2025, but, in the end, it’s nice to know we have new Star Trek to look forward to. And who knows? Some of the changes that are implemented because of the strikes might actually end up benefiting viewers, like the potential for longer seasons.