Hitchens’ husband said “Zing” would resume shooting with himself as executive producer.
SANTA FE, NM – Actor Alec Baldwin has reached an undisclosed settlement in a wrongful-death lawsuit filed by the family of cinematographer Halina Hutchence, who was killed on the set of “Rust” last year.
“Throughout this difficult process, everyone has maintained a distinct desire to do the best for Helena’s son,” Baldwin said in a statement. Statement Shared on social media. “We are grateful to everyone who contributed to the resolution of this tragic and painful situation.”
Baldwin was pointing a gun at Hitchens in October 2021 when he drove off, killing Hitchens and injuring director Joel Souza. They were inside a small church while setting up to shoot a scene.
Hutchins’ husband, Matthew, said the settlement filed in February against Baldwin and Rust Movie Productions, LLC was subject to court approval. Exact terms have not been released.
“Filming on Rust, which I will now executive produce, will resume in January 2023 with all the original players on board,” Matthew Hitchens said in a statement obtained by The Times. CNN And deadline.
He said he was not interested in “attribution of blame”:
“We all believe Halina’s death was a tragic accident,” the statement said. “I am grateful that the producers and entertainment community have come together to pay tribute to Halina’s final work.”
In his statement, Souza said he will continue to direct “Rust” with Matthew Hitchens as producer.
“Although certainly bittersweet, I am happy that we will now finish together what Halina and I started,” read Souza’s statement, obtained by Deadline. “My every effort on this film will be dedicated to honoring and making Halina’s legacy proud. It’s an honor to see this from her.”
What to know:
Baldwin has said the gun went off. Incidentally And that he didn’t pull the trigger. But a recent FBI forensic report found that the weapon could not have fired unless someone pulled the trigger.
New Mexico medical examiners ruled in August that Hutchins’ death was an accident. It was not known how much weight the decision will carry because prosecutors will decide whether to file charges.
The state has provided funds to pay for potential lawsuits related to the shooting. Santa Fe New Mexican Reporting Last month, as many as four people could face charges. The district attorney did not say if anyone would definitely face charges, but said Baldwin was one of the possible defendants.
Baldwin has said he does not believe he will be charged criminally in the shooting.