Natalie Portman’s next limited series for Apple TV +, “Lady in the Lake,” was forced to stop production due to a group in Baltimore threatening production.
James Hibberd for The Hollywood Reporter:
“The production leaders have decided to err on the side of caution and reschedule shooting after finding another location,” a spokesperson for the department said.
In a statement a The Hollywood reporterproduction studio, Endeavor Content, wrote, “Friday afternoon, on the Baltimore set of our production Lady in the lake, before the cast and crew arrived … a driver from our production crew was confronted by two men, one of whom brandished a gun aimed at our driver, and then fled the place. We are working with the Baltimore Police Department while the investigation is ongoing. The safety and security of our crew, cast and everyone working on our productions are our top priority and we are grateful that no one was hurt. Production will resume with greater safety measures in the future … “
The move follows that of FX Justified: Primordial City having to stop filming in Chicago in July after two cars whose occupants were shooting at each other crashed into the production barricades.
Alex Oliveira for The Daily Mail:
A pair of Baltimore drug dealers threatened to shoot on the set of a new Natalie Portman show if they didn’t stop filming in their neighborhood, but told the production they could stay if they pulled out $ 50,000.
The incident occurred around 4 p.m. Friday afternoon on block 200 of Park Avenue in downtown Brooklyn, when two men pointed a gun at a crew member from the Apple TV + show. Lady in the lake and made their requests.
According to the Baltimore Police Department, the “locals” said they would be back later this evening [and] shoot someone “if they didn’t stop filming, but” would allow the production to continue “if they met their $ 50,000 request.
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