'Rust' announces new plans for Alec Baldwin movie, documentary on late Halyna Hutchins
Rust Movie Productions, the company behind Alec Baldwin's "Rust," is doing a documentary on late cinematographer Halyna Hutchins as it also continues production of the Western movie.
The company announced on Feb. 14 that director Rachel Mason and producer Julee Metz, "close friends" of Hutchins, will helm the documentary project with the "full support" of Hutchins' widower Matthew Hutchins. Matthew Hutchins will also serve as an executive producer.
Hutchins, 42, died shortly after being wounded by a gunshot while setting up a scene for "Rust" at a ranch on the outskirts of Santa Fe on Oct. 21, 2021. Baldwin was pointing a prop pistol at Hutchins when the gun went off, killing her and wounding director Joel Souza.
In addition to the documentary announcement, Rust Movie Productions confirmed that "Rust" will resume filming this spring despite involuntary manslaughter charges filed against Baldwin and armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed in the death of Hutchins.
Filming will resume at Yellowstone Film Ranch in Montana, the company later announced.
Matthew Hutchins will remain an executive producer, a decision made last fall after Hutchins' family settled a lawsuit against producers and agreed to restart filming with Matthew’s involvement.
The production will utilize union crew members and prohibit "working weapons and any form of ammunition," the press release said.
Rust Movie Productions also revealed on Feb. 14 that Bianca Cline will fill the role of cinematographer in place of Hutchins. Cline will donate her salary to a charity in honor of Hutchins.
"Though bittersweet, I am grateful that a brilliant and dedicated new production team joining former cast and crew are committed to completing what Halyna and I started," Souza said in a statement. "My every effort on this film will be devoted to honoring Halyna’s legacy and making her proud. It is a privilege to see this through on her behalf."
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Contributing: Hannah Yasharoff, Marco della Cava, Maria Puente, USA TODAY, and The Associated Press