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Robert De Niro-Led "Zero Day" Halts Production due to Writers Strike


Fri 09 Jun 2023 | 09:04 AM
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Production on Netflix's limited series “Zero Day” has halted as a result of the ongoing writers strike. 

Sources told Variety the conspiracy thriller series had recently begun production in New York but is now on hold. There is currently no set date for work to resume.

Hollywood veteran actor, Robert De Niro is attached to star and executive produce the upcoming series.

Additionally, Leslie Linka Glatter will direct all episodes and executive produce.

Noah Oppenheim, journalist and author Michael Schmidt and Jonathan Glickman of Panoramic Media will also executive produce along with De Niro.

Robert De Niro

The six-episode series is written and executive produced by Eric Newman via his Netflix overall deal, and Oppenheim, with a story by Newman, Oppenheim, and Schmidt. Oppenheim, Schmidt and Jonathan Glickman of Panoramic Media will also executive produce along with De Niro.

“Zero Day” was ordered to series at Netflix back in March. The project had been in development at Netflix since November 2022. It is believed that De Niro would play a former U.S. President in the political thriller.

"Zero Day" asks the question on everyone’s mind — how do we find truth in a world in crisis, one seemingly being torn apart by forces outside our control? And in an era rife with conspiracy theory and subterfuge, how much of those forces are products of our own doing, perhaps even of our own imagining?

The project marks De Niro's first series regular television role.

Lizzy Caplan, Jesse Plemons, Joan Allen, and Connie Britton all joined De Niro in the series back in April.

Robert De Niro

This is the latest production to be impacted by the continuing labor issues in Hollywood. The WGA has been on strike since May 2.

The event unfolded as the board of directors of the WGA, comprised of the East and West councils, reached a unanimous decision to initiate a strike.

This came after unsuccessful negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) regarding the terms of their film and TV contracts.

The strike focus is advocating for an increase in base salary to reflect the recent advancements made in the industry along with safer working conditions and job security. Additionally, there is a pressing need for reassurance concerning the utilization of AI in scriptwriting.

SAG-AFTRA recently held a strike authorization vote, with nearly 98% of those voting approving a strike if a new deal with the AMPTP is not reached by the end of this month. 

The national board of the DGA, of which Glatter is the president, has tentatively approved a new three-year deal with the studios as of June 6. That deal will now be sent for a ratification vote to DGA members.

The last occurrence of such a strike took place in 2007 and extended over several months, resulting in substantial financial losses amounting to billions of dollars for Hollywood.