Rust resumed production in January, more than a year after production was halted when star Alex Baldwin shot cameraman Halyna Hutchins on set.
However, the film will resume in a new location, as the old New Mexico set remains closed during the ongoing investigation into Hutchins’ death.
Production teams are still looking for a new location, but Melina Spadone, attorney for Rust Movie Productions LLC, said California was a possibility, according to Variety.
The news of the move comes weeks after the production company and Hutchins’ husband, Matthew Hutchins, revealed a settlement in which they agreed that production would resume 15 months after the incident.
Halyna was shot on the set of the film in October 2021 at Bonanza Creek Ranch, Santa Fe. Her family filed a wrongful death lawsuit in February, which has now been withdrawn.
Despite announcing the settlement, the local prosecutor’s office warned that the deal will not affect the criminal investigation into the death, adding: “No one is above the law.”
Baldwin has said he did not pull the trigger and claims that the fault lies with the stunt managers and prop managers who should have made sure the gun had no live bullets. Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office has not charged anyone.
Production on Rust will resume in January, 15 months after cameraman Halyna Hutchins was shot dead on set by Alex Baldwin
Rest will be completed in a different location than the original New Mexico set, which is still closed for the shooting investigation
Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was shot on the set of the film in October 2021 at Bonanza Creek Ranch, Santa Fe. Her family filed a wrongful death lawsuit in February, which has now been dropped
Baldwin announced the return of Rust’s production in a post on his Instagram page, noting that the move was part of a “specific desire to do what’s best for Halyna’s son” after being killed while filming in New Mexico was shot.
Baldwin wrote on social media: “Throughout this difficult process, everyone has maintained a specific desire to do what is best for Halyna’s son.
“We are grateful to everyone who has contributed to the resolution of this tragic and painful situation.”
Matthew Hutchins will executive produce on the western’s revival as he, the producers and Baldwin agreed his wife’s death was a “terrible accident.”
The widower added: “We have reached a settlement, subject to court approval, for our wrongful death lawsuit against the producers of Rust, including Alec Baldwin and Rust Movie Productions, LLC.
“As part of that settlement, our case will be dropped. The shooting of Rust, which I will now executive produce, will resume in January 2023 with all of the original protagonists on board.”
He continued: ‘I have no interest in blaming or attributing blame (to the producers or Mr. Baldwin). We all believe that Halyna’s death was a terrible accident.
“I’m grateful that the producers and the entertainment community have come together to pay tribute to Halyna’s latest work.”
Alec Baldwin speaks on the phone in the parking lot outside the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office in Santa Fe after being questioned about a shooting on the set of the movie Rust
Baldwin is shown in tears after an interview at the Sante Fe County Sheriff’s Office on Oct. 21
Baldwin and Hutchins on the set of Rust last year. He insists he never pulled the trigger
Rust’s director Joel Souza paid tribute to Hutchins’ talent and creativity — saying the decision to continue working on the film for her legacy is “bittersweet.”
Souza added: “All my efforts for this film will be devoted to honoring Halyna’s legacy and making her proud. It’s a privilege to arrange this on her behalf.’
He said he wished he had worked with the cameraman under different circumstances, but continuing the project will help him in his own healing process.
Spadone said: “We are pleased that the parties have come together to resolve this matter, which, subject to court approval, is an important step forward in celebrating Halyna’s life and honoring her work.”
Halyna Hutchins on the set of Rust before she died in a prop accident in October 2021
Alec Baldwin and his wife Hilaria Baldwin. In an Instagram post announcing the settlement, he expressed his desire to honor Hutchins with the film’s completion.
Following the announcement of the civil settlement, the DA’s office said: “The proposed settlement announced today in Matthew Hutchins’ wrongful death trial against Rust film producers, including Alec Baldwin, in the death of Halyna Hutchins will not affect officer of Justice Mary Carmack -Altweis’ ongoing investigation or her final decision to file criminal charges in the case.”
‘While civil cases are settled privately and often involve financial awards, criminal cases are only about facts.
“If the facts and evidence warrant criminal charges under New Mexico law, charges will be filed. No one is above the law.’