MOVIE NEWS – Filming on Rust is scheduled to end after the investigation into the death of Halyna Hutchins is fully completed.
Filming on the Alec Baldwin western film Rust was at an advanced stage before it was halted in October 2021 due to the infamous on-set incident that claimed the life of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. The firearm, described by crew members as a “cold gun”, turned out to have a live round in it and went off as Baldwin was preparing to shoot his next scene. Hutchins was fatally wounded, and director Joel Souza was also injured. Currently, police are still investigating the incident, and the biggest question remains how exactly a live round ended up on the set.
Baldwin has since revealed that he tried to continue shooting the film after Hutchins’ death.
According to the actor, the rest of the cast and crew have agreed to return to finish the film, with a portion of the proceeds going to Hutchins’ family. These plans were thwarted when Hutchins’ widow filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Baldwin and the cast of Rust, leaving the film seemingly unfinished forever.
However, the film’s producers have not pulled the plug on the project, even though it has been shelved for the time being as the police continue to investigate the tragedy. According to The Hollywood Reporter, producer Anjul Nigam is confident that the production will be back on track once the investigation is officially closed. After initially stating that the team was “confident” they could finish the film, Nigam clarified that this is an optimistic goal and that nothing is set in stone at this point.
“My statement that I was confident the film could be completed was just my optimism, and not an actual plan.”
“Many of those who were involved hope to honor Halyna by completing her last work, but at this point it is just hope.”
Nigam is also reuniting with Baldwin on another project besides Rust. The producer compares False Awakening to creepy genre films such as The Sixth Sense and Hereditary. Baldwin will play a psychologist who helps the protagonist with his sleepwalking episodes.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter