This is extremely unfortunate and sad.
One person has reportedly died on the pre-production set of Martin Scorsese‘s latest movie Silence, and two other people were injured when a roof collapsed.
The horrible accident happened in Taiwan on the backlot of the CMPC Studios.
CMPC Studios has since released a statement on the accident, and they seemed to have placed a large part of the blame on Scorsese’s production team! They said:
“Our studio was rented for the use of a production team. The production team has hired contractors to build sets, and the construction has led to an accident, injuring the contractors. The production team immediately reported the accident to the emergency services, while our company also gave assistance. Our company and the production team had reached an agreement for the production team to be held responsible for the health and safety of the personnel of the studio and the set.”
We’re not sure yet if it was definitely a contractor who was killed or if it was someone from the production team, but regardless — this is definitely a tragedy and we’re hoping the two other people injured turn out OK.
Scorsese was going to shoot at CMPC Studios after his filmmaking friend Ang Lee recommended it, and Silence was due to start principal photography on January 30th, but it isn’t yet know if that date will still be the starting point for all that.
We definitely think what’s most important in this matter is making sure everything is safe for the people working on the film, and to take measures to make sure what happened doesn’t happen again to anyone else.
Our hearts and prayers go out to the deceased person’s family who are struggling to make sense of what happened in this terrible accident. And they most certainly have a right to know what exactly did happen!
[Image via Lia Toby/WENN.]