“Lost” exec producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse joined other writers picketing in front of the Walt Disney studio’s front gate, holding up “WGA on Strike” signs and joining a few pro-union chants.
“Everybody’s a little saddened and surprised and shocked to be out here,” Lindelof said. “A lot of these people weren’t here in 1988 and don’t know what the word ‘strike’ feels like.”
Lindelof and Cuse hit the picket line at 8:30 a.m. with plans to spend several hours. The scribes said the spent much of the weekend putting the finishing touches on episode eight of “Lost,” submitting the script to the network on Friday and tweaking it over the weekend.
“We finished writing by mid-afternoon yesterday,” said Cuse, who noted the script was ready to be shot.
Lindelof and Cuse said the episode happens to include a small cliffhanger – although not enough to end a season on, should the strike progress and the show not resume production this year.
“It will feel like an incomplete season,” Lindelof said. “It will be like putting down a ‘Harry Potter’ book in the middle, at the end of a chapter.”
Will those eight remaining segs be rolled to next year – making for a 24-episode season, as opposed to 16?
“It’s just too early to say,” Cuse said. “It all depends on whether there’s a quick resolution or not.”
Meanwhile, a WGA staffer made the rounds, dropping off a bullhorn and a list of suggested chants – which the strikers (some of whom wore shirts that read, “Unfair is Unfunny”) promptly used.
“When I say ‘union,’ you say ‘power,’” one strike captain chanted. “Union” – to which the marchers responded, “Power!”
Feature film scribe Matthew Goodman stood on the curb in front of Disney, passing out yellow fliers to interested motorists highlighting the WGA’s position.
“I didn’t know I’d be here until 48 hours ago. Not surprisingly, we’ve gotten a lot of local support,” he said, as cars honked their horns.
Also joining the Disney picket line: SAG members, also handing out fliers.
SAG organizer Seneca Cheyne Scott noted that the actors guild will be dealing with many of the same issues when their contract expires next year.