The Apple+ television series starring the Hollywood diva had to halt production due to threats of extortion by some criminals in Baltimore. Several people have threatened the producers and tried to extort money from them, as confirmed by the Baltimore police (according to US magazine Deadline).
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“Lady in the Lake,” the Apple+ television series starring Natalie Portman, had to halt production due to extortion threats from some Baltimore thugs.
Several people have threatened the producers and tried to extort money from them, Baltimore police say. The US magazine reports it Deadlines in an article that appeared in these hours, updated with the statement of the studio that produces the series, i.e. Endeavor Content.
Production of the television series was temporarily halted on Friday 26 August.
“A Baltimore Police Department spokesman said the crew was shooting around 4:00 pm in the downtown area when the producers were approached by several people. The group claimed that if they hadn’t stopped filming they would have come back and shot someone, police said,” writes Bruce Haring on Deadlines. “However, they said the violence would not have occurred if an unspecified amount had been paid. The producers decided to stop filming and look for a new location,” continues Haring.
Requested 50 thousand dollars
Lady in the Lake, Moses Ingram takes over from Lupita Nyong’o
The local newspaper The Baltimore Banner reported that the offenders allegedly attempted to extort $50,000 from the production. The producers refused to pay and immediately turned to law enforcement.
“Friday afternoon, on the Baltimore set of our production Lady in the Lake, prior to the arrival of cast and crew, during call time, a driver from our crew was confronted by two men, one of whom was brandishing a gun aimed at our driver, and then fled the location. We are working with the Baltimore Police Department while the investigation is ongoing,” said the studio that produces the series, namely Endeavor Content, in a statement issued a few hours ago, during the evening of Sunday, August 28.
“The (general) safety and security of our crew, cast and everyone working on our productions is our top priority and we are grateful no one was hurt. Production will resume with increased security measures in the future,” continues the official statement released by Endeavor Content. “It was a privilege to shoot Lady in the Lake in Baltimore, working with its vibrant community in many areas,” the statement continues. “Our thanks and appreciation (go to) the City of Baltimore, Mayor Brandon M. Scott, the Baltimore Film Office, the Maryland Film Office and the Baltimore Police Department for their incredible support as we continue production in the greater city of Baltimore and surrounding communities.”
The “Lady in the Lake” series
Lady in the Lake, the series with Natalie Portman and Lupita Nyong’o
“Lady in the Lake” is the Apple+ series starring Natalie Portman. Filming for the show for the past few months has taken place in Baltimore.
The series is based on a book by the former journalist and author of the Baltimore Sun, Laura Lippman. It also stars Baltimore native Moses Ingram, who recently appeared on the series Obi-Wan Kenobi. Ingram took over from Lupita Nyong’o, who had dropped out of the project due to busy schedules.
“Lady in the Lake” takes place in 1960s Baltimore and tells of an unsolved murder that will prompt a housewife and mother to reinvent herself as an investigative reporter.
“This sets her on a collision course with a hard working woman who juggles motherhood, many jobs and a passionate commitment to advance Baltimore’s black progressive agenda,” writes Bruce Haring on Deadlineswith a description of the production.