Alec Baldwin’s ‘Rust’ to resume filming after settling Halyna Hutchins’ wrongful death


Alec Baldwin’s doomed Western “Rust” will resume filming after its production company agreed to settle the wrongful death lawsuit brought by the estate of slain cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, the film’s producers announced Wednesday.  

Matthew Hutchins, the widower of the film’s director of photography, will be an executive producer on the film and production is slated to resume with the original cast in January, the production company said.

In February, Matthew Hutchins filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Baldwin and the film’s producers after the actor shot and killed the cinematographer last October while rehearsing a scene. At the time, his attorneys said Baldwin was facing “significant … liability” and their goal was to determine who was to blame for the incident — but on Wednesday, Matthew Hutchins walked back those statements.

“I have no interest in engaging in recriminations or attribution of blame (to the producers or Mr. Baldwin). All of us believe Halyna’s death was a terrible accident,” Matthew Hutchins said.

Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins is shown posing for a photo.
Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, 42, was shot and killed on the set of “Rust” last October.
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Alec Baldwin dressed in cowboy gear shown on the set of Rust.
Alec Baldwin on the set of “Rust.”
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“I am grateful that the producers and the entertainment community have come together to pay tribute to Halyna’s final work.”

The about-face comes about two weeks after Santa Fe District Attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies revealed she is preparing to criminally charge up to four people involved with the shooting and that Baldwin, 64, is a “possible defendant” in the case.

The city’s top prosecutor told New Mexico’s finance board she’d need extra funding to prosecute the case and her office is ready to file charges now that the Santa Fe Sheriff’s Office is nearly done with its investigation.

The mock church where the shooting happened is shown from an aerial photo.
The mock church where the shooting happened on set of the film “Rust.”
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The crew of 'Rust' filming on set.
The crew of “Rust” filming on set.
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The settlement still needs to be approved by the courts but was celebrated by the film’s and Baldwin’s attorneys.

“Throughout this difficult process, everyone has maintained the specific desire to do what is best for Halyna’s son. We are grateful to everyone who contributed to the resolution of this tragic and painful situation,” Baldwin’s lawyer Luke Nikas said.

Joel Souza, the film’s director, who was also injured in the shooting, said he is looking forward to finishing the work he started with Halyna Hutchins.

“In my own attempts to heal, any decision to return to finish directing the film could only make sense for me if it was done with the involvement of Matt and the Hutchins family. Though certainly bittersweet, I am pleased that together, we will now complete what Halyna and I started,” Souza said in a statement.

“Those of us who were lucky enough to have spent time with Halyna knew her to be exceedingly talented, kind, creative, and a source of incredible positive energy. I only wish the world had gotten to know her under different circumstances, as it surely would have through her amazing work.”