producer of WarFilming is suspended while officials investigate the circumstances of the death of cinematographer Halina Hutchins, when a gun operated by Alec Baldwin was discharged on October 21.
According to Variety, the actors were rehearsing for the film, which was being shot at Bonanza Creek Ranch near Santa Fe, New Mexico, when Baldwin was told it was a cold or unloaded gun, then the gun was discharged. was given.
The Santa Fe Sheriff’s search warrant executed Friday indicated that the deputy who arrived at the scene was told that assistant director Dave Hall did not know the gun had a live round when he shouted “cold gun.”
“As we go through this crisis, we have made the decision to keep the set under wraps until at least the investigation is complete,” said the statement from the Rust production company.
The letter said that director Joel Souza is recovering, and the production is “supporting him however we can.”
The manufacturers reiterated that they are reviewing security protocols internally, but reminded that “we are further limited in our ability to say anything publicly or privately” as this is an ongoing investigation.
“Our hearts are with you all as we all go through this sad time and mourn the loss of our colleague and dear friend Helena Hutchins,” the statement read.
The statement further added that producers are in close contact with Hutchins’ family,
The production team said it had arranged for personal and virtual bereavement counselors for the cast and crew members.
Producers will also donate to the AFI Halyana Hutchins Scholarship Fund and will match any donations by the crew.
“Although our hearts are broken, and it’s hard to look beyond the horizon, it’s a pause rather than an end at this point in time. The spirit that brought us all to this special place remains, the production team’s statement said.
The Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office has held a news conference on Wednesday regarding the investigation.
A petition has been created asking Alec Baldwin to use his power and influence in the Hollywood film industry and ban actual guns on film sets.” So far, over 22,000 people have signed the petition, including Actors Olivia Wilde and Holland Taylor.