Paul Haggis: 'It's my job ... to be here'
Oscar-winning writer-director Paul Haggis walked the picket line outside Sony. He called the dispute with producers "another example of corporate greed." He accused them of trying to "shut down the entire town in a very cynical way."
Haggis said he’s prepared to walk the picket line for as long as it takes. He said he has been a WGA member since 1975, and "it’s my job as a member of the guild to be here."
Before the strike, he was at work on the new James Bond film, set to start filming in a month. "They haven’t gotten the polish finished yet," he said.
Not too far away, nine writers from "Jeopardy!" were picketing. "All of our writers are out here," said Jim Ryan, who has worked on the popular TV game show for 11 years. He said he’s never seen the guild so united.
-- Robert W. Welkos