Filming on the western “Rust” will resume in the spring, producers announced, more than a year after the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set.
a movie about HutchinsWith the support of her husband, life and final work, including the completion of the film, is also in production.
The 42-year-old died after the Rust star and producer held a prop gun alec baldwinThe 64-year-old was released from hospital during rehearsals in October 2021. Director Joel Souza was also injured in the incident, which took place at the Bonanza Creek Ranch in Santa Fe, new mexico.
In January, following a lengthy investigation, Baldwin and the film’s armourer, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, were charged with manslaughter, while assistant director Dave Holes reached a settlement on charges of negligent use of a deadly weapon. plea agreement.
baldwin’s attorneys have Called the case a “terrible miscarriage of justice” and vowed to fight the chargesThe star also faces new civil lawsuits from Hutchins’ parents and sister.
Sky News understands he will return to film as an actor and producer despite the legal case. Filming will no longer take place in New Mexico, but so far, no details have been released about the new location.
As previously announced, Souza will return to direct, while photographer husband Matthew Hutchins – who settled the civil suit in october – will serve as executive producer. Oscar nominee Grant Hill (The Thin Red Line, The Tree of Life) will join him as an original producer.
A statement from Rust Movie Productions said Matthew Hutchins had chosen cinematographer Bianca Crane (Marcel the Shell in Shoes) to complete his wife’s vision for the film, and that she would spend her salary Donate to charity.
The production will continue to use union crews and will ban any working weapons and ammunition of any kind. “Live ammunition is prohibited on set, and has always been,” the producer said.
“Finishing what Halyna and I started”
Souza said in a statement: “While bittersweet, I am grateful that a talented and dedicated new production team joins the former cast and crew, who are committed to finishing what Halyna and I started.
“Everything I do for this film will be dedicated to honoring Halyna’s legacy and making her proud. It’s an honor to do this on her behalf.”
Rust Movie Productions said that two safety officers will be new crew members joining the production, while returning original crew members include stunt coordinator Alan Graff and costume designer Trace Davis.
The documentary about Hutchins’ life will be directed by Rachel Mason, produced by Julie Metz and executive produced by Matthew Hutchins.
“Mason and Mace are both great friends of Halina, and they look forward to working with the production team in honor of their friend,” a statement from the producers said.
What happens next in the criminal case?
Baldwin will make his first court appearance in the case on Friday, February 24. He will most likely appear virtually.
In her report, the Santa Fe district attorney accused the actor of showing “willful disregard” for the safety of others and failing to participate in “mandatory” firearms training in the days leading up to the incident.
Instead, he conducted a 30-minute on-set session during which he was distracted by calls to his family, prosecutors said.
Her statement added that on the day of the shooting, there were “no less than a dozen reckless acts or omissions” at the scene in the period leading up to the incident.
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Baldwin faces two counts of manslaughter in connection with Hutchins’ death.
The first, which may be called involuntary manslaughter, requires evidence of underlying negligence. The second charge, manslaughter while committing a lawful act, requires proof that the death was more than simple negligence; it also includes firearm enhancement, which makes the crime a mandatory five-year sentence.
The star is trying to rule out more serious allegationsThe actor’s lawyers argued that New Mexico prosecutors made an “unconstitutional and fundamental legal error” by charging him under a statute that did not exist at the time of the fatal shooting.
New lawsuit against Hutchins Ukrainian family
Meanwhile, Hutchins’ Ukrainian parents and sister, who works as a nurse on the outskirts of the capital Kiev and is married to a man who fought in the war against Russia, filed a civil lawsuit.
The new lawsuit alleges that Hutchins was negligent and impaired welfare in providing emotional or financial support to her sister and parents.
The lawsuit also names a list of Rust crew members, an ammunition supplier, the film producer and affiliated businesses as defendants.
It seeks unspecified compensatory and punitive damages and legal costs.
Baldwin, in turn, filed his own lawsuit against those involved in the handling and supply of the loaded firearms. He said he was told the gun was safe.