"The Hollywood writers strike has claimed its highest-profile movie to date: Columbia Pictures late today announced that with the strike nearing its third week, it is postponing production of "Angels & Demons," the prequel to blockbuster "The Da Vinci Code."
"The decision comes as the Writers Guild of America continues to picket outside Hollywood studios and networks in a labor impasse that shows no signs of being resolved soon.
"In late October, as the strike deadline approached, Oscar-winning writer-producer Akiva Goldsman was hurrying to complete the latest draft of "Angels & Demons." He told The Times: "It's pencil down until midnight on Halloween," adding, "It's unavoidably intensely stressful, but it's the way of the world right now."
"Today, Columbia released a statement that called the screenplay "very strong" but added: "we do not believe it is the fully-realized production draft required of this ambitious project." Filming was to have begun in February." [LA Times, November 18)
If only they'd struck sooner....