Thus far, Segall says, the guild has received reports of writing violations but no complaints of improvisation. No disciplinary action has yet been taken.
Oscar-winning "Crash" screenwriter Paul Haggis, who had been rewriting the script for the next James Bond movie before the strike began, said star Daniel Craig might be facing something more unsettling than any Bond villain: blank pages. "There are scenes that are largely unfinished," Haggis said.
Nevertheless, Sony Pictures plans to start production on the 22nd Bond movie in January, in part because the studio needs to conclude filming before the Screen Actors Guild and Directors Guild of America contracts expire in June. The studio's hope is that the WGA strike will be over by the time the movie's finale needs to be shot.
Sony pulled the plug on "Angels & Demons" because its script still needed significant work. Other shelved projects at different studios include Oliver Stone's "Pinkville," Rob Marshall's musical "Nine" and Mira Nair's "Shantaram." "State of Play" is in turmoil because star Brad Pitt (but not producer Universal Studios) believes its screenplay isn't quite ready.
"Appaloosa's" Ed Harris and his co-writer, Robert Knott, said they not only had finished all of their script revisions before the strike started but also had been following their screenplay adaptation of the Robert B. Parker novel pretty much as written.
Most "Appaloosa" changes are almost imperceptible. In the film's pre-strike script, Hitch said, "I killed a man in Tres Piedras years ago. . . . Only man I killed before I was a lawman." In production, the line became, "I shot a man in Tres Piedras years ago. . . . Only time I killed that wasn't legal."
"I am a member of the WGA, the DGA and SAG," said Harris, who strongly supports the strike. "And my understanding is if there's a change of a word or two, you're not breaking the rules."
Horn is a Times staff writer; Fernandez is a Times special correspondent.