‘Rust’ Producer Is ‘Confident’ Movie Will Be Completed After Shooting Investigation


A producer who worked on the movie Rust, which was filming when a gun in actor Alec Baldwin’s hand fired and killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, said he still believes the movie can be completed, nearly seven months after production was paused to investigate the shooting.

Key Facts

Anjul Nigam told The Hollywood Reporter he’s “confident we’ll be able to complete the movie” once the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Department concludes its investigation, which is still ongoing.

Nigam, who has teamed up with Baldwin again for a new project called False Awakening, called the shooting a “horrific tragedy” and said he is “confident about continuing to make quality movies” despite the “negative perspectives” some people will have about what happened on the set of Rust.

Key Background

Production on Rust indefinitely shut down days after the October shooting, which also left director Joel Souza injured. No criminal charges have been filed in relation to the incident, and last month the Santa Fe County sheriff said several components of the investigation still need to be completed before the case could be turned over to the district attorney. Baldwin and Nigam, along with other Rust producers and crew members, were sued for wrongful death by Hutchins’ widower Matthew in February. The New Mexico Environment Department’s Occupational Health and Safety Bureau fined Rust Movie Productions a maximum fee of $136,793 last month, saying safety violations on set led to the shooting. Last week the production company appealed the decision, saying the agency was not qualified to evaluate a film set. Baldwin, who has said he did not pull the trigger of the weapon, said this report exonerated him by showing he believed the weapon was safe to use and that his role as a producer on the film was confined to creative decisions.

Further Reading

‘Rust’ Investigation Still Ongoing Six Months After On-Set Shooting, Authorities Say (Forbes)

Alec Baldwin Sued By Victim’s Family For Wrongful Death Over ‘Rust’ Shooting (Forbes)

‘Rust’ Production Company Fined For Not Following Safety Procedures That Led To Shooting (Forbes)

Rust Production Company Appeals Fine Over Safety Violations (Forbes)

Alec Baldwin Boasts About ‘Rust’ Shooting Report He Claims ‘Exonerates’ Him (Forbes)

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