A producer who worked on the film Rustwho was filming when a gun in actor Alec Baldwin’s hand shot and killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, said he still believed the film could be finished, nearly seven months after the interruption of production to investigate the shooting.
Anjul Nigam said The Hollywood Reporter he’s “confident we’ll be able to finish the movie” once the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Department completes its investigation, which is still ongoing.
Nigam, who has teamed up with Baldwin again for a new project called False Awakeningcalled the filming a “horrible tragedy” and said he was “confident to continue making quality films” despite the “negative outlook” some people will have on what happened on the set of Rust.
Manufacturing on Rust closed indefinitely days after the October shooting, which also injured director Joel Souza. No criminal charges have been filed in connection with the incident, and last month the Santa Fe County Sheriff said several elements of the investigation still needed to be completed before the case could be assigned to the prosecutor. district. Baldwin and Nigam, and others Rust producers and crew members, were sued for wrongful death by Hutchins’ widower, Matthew, in February. The New Mexico Department of the Environment’s Office of Occupational Health and Safety fined Rust Movie Productions up to $136,793 last month, saying on-set safety violations led at filming. Last week, the production company appealed the decision, saying the agency was not qualified to review a film set. Baldwin, who said he did not pull the trigger on the gun, said that report exonerated him by showing he believed the gun was safe to use and that his role as producer on the film was limited to creative decisions.
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