Alec Baldwin will appear in court for the accident on the set of the western "Rust" in which cinematographer Halyna Hutchins died. Despite this, the film should be completed. Filming will resume shortly.
After the deadly shot at camerawoman Halyna Hutchins, shooting for the film "Rust", which was stopped in autumn 2021, is to be continued this spring. In addition to director Joel Souza, Alec Baldwin will be back as a producer and actor, the production team said. Cinematographer's widower Matthew Hutchins joins as executive producer. Hutchins says cinematographer Bianca Cline will "complete Halyna's vision" for the western.
Chief cinematographer Hutchins was fatally injured at a film ranch in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in October 2021. Baldwin was wielding a gun in rehearsal for a scene when a shot went off, killing the 42-year-old. Director Souza was hit in the shoulder by the projectile and injured in the incident. Investigations revealed that the Colt had a real bullet lodged in it. Baldwin always denied any responsibility for the fatal incident.
Hollywood star and gunslinger Hannah Gutierrez-Reed must answer in court. Prosecutors in New Mexico filed involuntary manslaughter charges against both in January. Several civil lawsuits are also pending in the case.
In completing the film, director Souza said he wanted to honor Hutchins' work and make her proud. He is grateful for the involvement of former "Rust" employees and for new teammates. Among other things, two safety officers were appointed. Working firearms and ammunition are not allowed on set, it said. Nothing was initially known about the filming location.
In addition to the western feature film, a documentary about the life and work of the dead camerawoman is to be shot at the same time. Director Rachel Mason and producer Julee Metz were close friends with Hutchins.