Apple TV+ limited series Lady in the Lake, starring Natalie Portman, was reportedly suspended for production after a group of locals to “shoot someone” if they weren’t paid $50,000.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, a group of locals confronted a driver for the production on Friday and said they would only “allow” filming to continue if they were paid $50,000, as first reported by the Baltimore Banner over the weekend. The driver refused to pay and the group threatened to “come back later this evening [and] shoot someone” if production continued, according to the Baltimore Police Department. “The leaders of the production decided to err on the side of caution and reschedule the shoot after they found another location,” a department spokesperson said.
Lady in the Lake “takes place in 1960s Baltimore, where an unsolved murder pushes a housewife and mother to reinvent herself as an investigative journalist. That sets her on a collision course with a hard-working woman juggling motherhood, many jobs, and a passionate commitment to advancing Baltimore’s Black progressive agenda,” according to a production description. The series was based on the best-selling novel of the same title by Laura Lippman.
As per the report in THR, the production’s studio, Endeavor Content, wrote, “Friday afternoon, on the Baltimore set of our production Lady in the Lake, prior to the arrival of the cast and crew … a driver on our production crew was confronted by two men, one of whom brandished a gun directed at our driver, and then they fled the location. We are working with the Baltimore Police Department as the investigation is ongoing.”
The statement continued, “The safety and security of our crew, cast and all who work across our productions is our highest priority, and we are thankful no one was injured. Production will resume with increased security measures going forward. It has been a privilege filming Lady in the Lake in Baltimore, working with its vibrant community across many areas.”
As the report notes, the move comes after FX’s Justified: City Primeval having to shut down its filming in Chicago in July after two cars whose occupants were firing weapons at each other crashed through the production’s barricades.