‘Rust’ Movie Productions Reaches Deal With Halyna Hutchins Estate; Filming will resume in…

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EXCLUSIVE: (UPDATED with statement from Alec Baldwin): Rust Movie Productions LLC and its Rust star and producer Alec Baldwin have reached an agreement with the estate of slain cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. As part of the peace, her husband Matthew Hutchins will serve as executive producer on Rust, which will return to production in January 2023 with the original cast.

The Hutchins family had filed a wrongful death lawsuit on February 15 for the shooting of Hutchins which occurred on the set of Western on October 21, 2021, when Baldwin discharged a prop gun after being told by the production’s assistant director , David Halls, that the weapon was “cold”.
“We have reached a settlement, subject to court approval, for our wrongful death case against the producers of Rust, including Alec Baldwin and Rust Movie Productions, LLC. As part of this settlement, our case will be dismissed,” Matthew Hutchins said Wednesday morning. About the most confidential agreement.

“I have no interest in indulging in recriminations or assigning blame (to producers or Mr. Baldwin). “We all think Halyna’s death was a terrible accident. I am grateful that the producers and the entertainment community have come together to pay tribute to Halyna’s final work.

The culmination of weeks of negotiations, today’s news comes as the final report of the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office’s investigation into Hutchins’ death and what really happened at the location of Bonanza Creek Ranch that terrible day is expected to be handed over to local district attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies soon. Several members of Rust’s crew, including gunsmith Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, have already filed their own civil lawsuits in New Mexico and California. However, Wednesday’s agreement between the Hutchins and Baldwin family and other Rust producers could change the legal landscape for those civil cases and any potential criminal charges from the Santa Fe DA.

Rust Movie Productions, LLC, through its attorney, Melina Spadone of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, said today, “We are pleased that the parties have come together to resolve this matter which, subject to approval of the court, marks an important milestone in the celebration of Halyna’s life. and honor his work.

Baldwin’s attorney, Luke Nikas of Quinn Emanuel, added: ‘Throughout this difficult process, everyone has maintained a specific desire to do what is best for Halyna’s son. We are grateful to all those who contributed to the resolution of this tragic and painful situation.

Later this morning, the Oscar-nominated actor from The Cooler added this on Instagram: “We are pleased to announce today the settlement of the civil case filed on behalf of the family of Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. 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 helped resolve this tragic situation and painful.

Joel Souza, Director of Rust, said: “Those of us who were lucky enough to spend time with Halyna knew that she was extremely talented, kind, creative and an incredible source of positive energy. I only wish that the world got to know her under different circumstances, as surely would have through her incredible work.In my own attempts at healing, any decision to return to complete the making of the film could not have made sense to me. than if it was taken with the participation of Matt and the Hutchins family. While certainly bittersweet, I am happy that together we are now finishing what Halyna and I started. All of my efforts on this film will go into to honor Halyna’s legacy and make her proud, it’s a privilege to see this on her behalf.

Hutchins’ original lawsuit in February claimed that “defendant Baldwin, the producers and production companies of Rust were aware of the gun safety issues that occurred on the set of Rust and did not take no steps to correct the situation and ensure that basic gun safety rules were followed on October 21, 2021…If Defendant Baldwin, the producers and production companies of Rust had taken adequate precautions to ensuring gun safety on the Rust set or had basic gun safety rules been followed on the Rust set on October 21, 2021, Halyna Hutchins would be alive and well, hugging her husband and son nine years old.

Nearly a year after the tragic incident, the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office has yet to charge anyone.

Last month, Deadline obtained a letter from the Santa Fe DA Carmack-Altwies to the New Mexico Finance Council asking for $635,000 to prosecute up to four people charged with criminal offenses and homicide related to the Rust tragedy. (the DA received $317,750). The DA said in its letter that “one of the possible defendants is well-known movie actor Alec Baldwin.” Nikas, speaking on Baldwin’s behalf, responded to the prosecutor’s letter “that it would be premature to discuss the case as they had not yet reviewed the case or deliberated on their charging decision.”

“It is irresponsible to report otherwise,” Nikas lambasted at the time. “The DA has made it clear that she has not received the sheriff’s report or made a decision on who, if anyone, may be charged in this case.”

Nikas said in April that a New Mexico OSHA report “exonerates” Baldwin. That agency fined Rust Productions, LLC up to $136,793 after a six-month investigation found a “willful and serious” violation of workplace safety procedures.

In an ABC interview with George Stephanopoulos last December, Baldwin insisted he never pulled the trigger on the gun that killed Hutchins during a quick rehearsal at a church on Rust’s board.

Baldwin also told Stephanopoulos, “People in the know, even inside the state, have told me that it’s highly unlikely that I’ll be charged with anything criminally.”

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