A year after cinematographer Halina Hutchence was killed in an on-set shooting rust, her family has settled a wrongful death lawsuit with the production. Settlement plans to resume shooting in January with her husband Matthew Hutchins as executive producer.
“I have no interest in blaming or blaming (the producers or Mr. Baldwin),” Hutchins said in a statement. “We all believe that Halina’s death was a terrible accident. I am grateful that producers and the entertainment community came together to pay tribute to Halina’s final act.
Under contract, the filming of rust will continue with “all original principal players on board”. Further details of the settlement were not disclosed.
“Throughout this difficult process, everyone has maintained a certain desire to do what is best for Halina’s son,” Alec Baldwin’s attorney Luke Nikas said in a statement. Contributed to the resolution of a tragic and painful situation.
“We are pleased that the parties have come together to resolve this matter, subject to court approval, to celebrate Halina’s life and honor her work,” added Rust Movie Productions through its attorney, Melina Spadone. It’s an important step.”
According to several suits against the film’s producers, including lawsuits by Hitchens and script supervisors, the production was plagued by safety issues, including the alleged use of guns. Relevant industry wide norms were violated. Mimi Mitchell. Two more misfires occurred before Hutchins was killed, with Baldwin’s stunt double accidentally firing a blank and a prop master shooting himself in the foot.
In a statement, director Joel Souza said, “Any decision to return to finish directing the film, to repair my own efforts, would only make sense for me if it was in the best interest of Matt and the Hutchison family. done with inclusiveness. Although it is certainly bittersweet, I am happy that we will now be able to finish together what Halina and I started. My every effort on this film has been to honor Halina’s legacy and Will be dedicated to make him proud. It’s an honor to see him on his side.”
Baldwin was sued as an executive producer of the film and the actor who fired the gun that killed Hitchens. In August, the FBI determined that the gun could not have been fired without pulling the trigger, which Baldwin maintains it did not.
In April, the New Mexico Bureau of Occupational Health and Safety found multiple violations of safety protocols. rustincluding the introduction of live ammunition and failure to train staff on the proper handling of firearms. He issued the highest citation and maximum fine under state law of $136,793.