Jenna Ortega and Paul Rudd are joining forces for an exciting new cinematic venture under the A24 banner. Titled “Death of a Unicorn,” the film reportedly features the duo in the roles of a father and daughter who find themselves in an unusual predicament when they accidentally collide with a unicorn while driving. This intriguing premise came to light through reports from Giant Freaking Robot.
Further insights into this project, written and directed by Alex Scharfman, surfaced on July 18. Various sources revealed that the production managed to secure a waiver from SAG-AFTRA, enabling them to proceed with filming even during the ongoing strike in the entertainment industry. “Death of a Unicorn” as one of the select productions granted permission to continue work amidst the strike.
For Jenna Ortega, “Death of a Unicorn” represents another addition to her already hectic schedule. Earlier this year, she was spotted on the set of “Beetlejuice 2,” a highly anticipated film set to grace theaters in 2024.
Additionally, she is set to reprise her titular role in the second season of Netflix’s “Wednesday,” although production on the new episodes has been temporarily halted due to the SAG-AFTRA and WGA strikes.
In a recent moment of triumph, the 20-year-old actress received a nomination for the Best Actress in a Comedy Series category at the 2023 Emmys for her portrayal in “Wednesday.” On July 12, Jenna took to Instagram to express her joy, saying, “What wonderful news to hear the ‘Wednesday’ team has received twelve Emmy nominations.
I’ve been so fortunate to witness first hand the incredible time and effort being put in by our cast, crew, writers, and directors, and feel so excited to be able to share this with them. Televisionacad, thank you for the honor, it’s a pleasure.” -Said Ortega
As for the question of why “Death of a Unicorn” is permitted to continue filming amid the SAG strike, the answer lies in A24’s distinct status.
A24 operates independently and is not affiliated with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP). Consequently, “Death of a Unicorn” is one of the 39 independent projects that SAG-AFTRA has granted a waiver to, allowing them to proceed with their production activities during the strike.
To secure such a waiver, a producer must demonstrate genuine independence and commit to adhering retroactively to the agreement ultimately reached at the end of the strike.
A24’s upcoming project, “Mother Mary,” featuring acclaimed stars Michaela Coel and Anne Hathaway, has also received a waiver and is poised to recommence filming in the near future. It’s important to note that “Death of a Unicorn” is still in the stage of “deep development” and is not yet prepared to commence principal photography.