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‘Rust’ producer says movie will be completed


© Reuters. FILEPHOTO: A view of the film set at “Rust”, where Alec Baldwin shot a cinematographer to death and then wounded another director with a gun prop, taken from far away in Santa Fe New Mexico. October 23, 2021. REUTERS/Kevin Mohatt/File

(Reuters] – On Monday, Hollywood Reporter reported that a producer for the film “Rust” whose sets saw Halyna Houtchins, a cinematographer, accidentally shooting herself in the head, had announced the completion of the movie.

Hutchins was killed in October when a revolver that actor Alec Baldwin was rehearsing with during filming in New Mexico fired a live round that hit her and movie director Joel Souza. Souza suffered minor injuries, but she survived.

Hollywood Reporter quotes Anjul Nigam, one producer, as saying that “We’re confident” they’ll be successful in completing the film.

Nigam’s representative did not immediately reply to my request for comment.

Last month, the state of New Mexico fined Rust Movie Productions the maximum amount possible, $137,000, for what it called “willful” safety lapses leading to Hutchins’ death. However, the company stated that it was not satisfied with the results.

Baldwin is also listed as a producer in numerous lawsuits that were filed regarding Hutchins’s death.

Baldwin, 64 has denied Hutchins’ death, and claimed that live rounds were not allowed on the Bonanza Creek Ranch set for the Western.

He also claimed in court documents that an indemnification clause contained in his contract protects him from any personal liability.