Movie ‘Rust” Gets a Big Shakeup before Production Is Begun

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The film Rust will be produced again, one year after it was shot in a terrible accident. But, before they start shooting again, there is going to be a lot of changes. According to DeadlineNew Mexico was the site of the tragedy. Production will not be resumed there. Instead, producers plan to search for new California locations, most likely near Palm Springs and Nevada borders. According to an insider familiar with the situation, “It’s emotionally difficult for the crew and the cast to return to the same place.” 

Previously, Melina Spadone — the attorney for Rust Movie Productions LLC — told DeadlineIn a statement “The production of Rust will not return to New Mexico. The production is considering other locations, including in California, but no decisions have been made.”Joel Souza will still be the director of the film, and production will resume in January. The outlet also was first to report that Rust Movie Productions LLC and Alec Baldwin — who is a producer and stars in the film — reached a settlement with the estate of late cinematographer Halyna Hutchins and, as part of the agreement, her husband Matthew Hutchins will serve as an executive producer on Rust.

Hutchins was killed during the set of Rust on Oct. 21, 2021, after a prop gun that Baldwin was holding discharged. It was initially believed that the gun had no live ammunition. Souza was also hurt in the incident. Baldwin stated that Souza was also injured during the incident in an interview with George Stephanopoulos of ABC News. “didn’t pull the trigger”He stated that he doesn’t know how the gun fired a live shot. This claim has been backed up by the film’s Assistant Director, David Halls. Halls’s lawyer Lisa Torraco stated that in a previous statement to Good Morning America she had said: “Dave has told me since the very first day I met him that Alec did not pull that trigger. His finger was never in the trigger guard.”

Souza released a statement following the announcement by Matthew Hutchins that he and producers had reached a settlement and that production would resume. “Those of us who were lucky enough to have spent time with Halyna knew her to be exceedingly talented, kind, creative, and a source of incredible positive energy,”He stated. “I only wish the world had gotten to know her under different circumstances, as it surely would have through her amazing work.”

The filmmaker continued. “In my own attempts to heal, any decision to return to finish directing the film could only make sense for me if it was done with the involvement of Matt and the Hutchins family. Though certainly bittersweet, I am pleased that together, we will now complete what Halyna and I started. My every effort on this film will be devoted to honoring Halyna’s legacy and making her proud. It is a privilege to see this through on her behalf.”

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