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The Impact of the WGA Strike on the Anticipated ‘Freaky Friday’ Sequel

Freaky Friday Jimmy Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan Disney
Freaky Friday Jimmy Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan Disney
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The much-anticipated sequel to the 2003 hit comedy ‘Freaky Friday’ has hit a roadblock, and it’s not due to any creative differences or scheduling conflicts. The ongoing Writers Guild of America (WGA) strike is the culprit, according to Jamie Lee Curtis, the Oscar-winning actress who starred in the original movie alongside Lindsay Lohan.

In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly (EW), Curtis confirmed that the sequel, ‘Freaky Friday 2’, is indeed in the works. However, she also highlighted that the project’s progression is currently stalled due to the WGA strike. “There’s no question,” Curtis told EW, “that Freaky Friday 2 will happen with Lindsay Lohan, but stories require writers.”

The WGA strike is a significant labor dispute involving screenwriters who are fighting for better pay and protection from producers who, as Curtis puts it, “make billions off of them.” The strike has affected not only the ‘Freaky Friday’ sequel but also other high-profile projects. For instance, Tiffany Haddish, Curtis’ co-star in the upcoming movie ‘Haunted Mansion’, revealed that the sequel to ‘Girls Trip’ has also been impacted by the strike.

Curtis’ comments underscore the importance of writers in the filmmaking process. As she rightly pointed out, “stories require writers.” This statement is a powerful reminder that behind every great movie is a team of talented writers who craft the narrative, develop the characters, and create the dialogue that brings the story to life.

The ‘Freaky Friday’ sequel is particularly significant for fans who have been waiting for nearly two decades to see what happens next in the lives of mother-daughter duo Tess (Curtis) and Anna (Lohan) Coleman. The original movie, which saw the pair swapping bodies due to a magical fortune cookie, was a commercial success and a hit with audiences.

Curtis’ commitment to ensuring that writers are paid correctly and protected is commendable. It’s a stance that highlights the importance of fair labor practices in the entertainment industry. As fans, while we eagerly await the sequel to ‘Freaky Friday’, it’s crucial to remember the hard work and creativity that goes into making these films possible.

In the meantime, Curtis and Haddish will be seen together in ‘Haunted Mansion’, a movie based on the beloved Disney parks attractions. The film, which also stars LaKeith Stanfield, Danny DeVito, and Owen Wilson, is set to open in theaters on July 28.

As the WGA strike continues, it’s clear that its impact extends far beyond the writers themselves. It affects the entire film industry, from actors and directors to fans eagerly awaiting their favorite films. It’s a stark reminder of the importance of fair pay and treatment for all those involved in bringing our favorite stories to the big screen.

Trevor Decker




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