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The manufacturing workforce for Apple TV+ drama “The Girl in the Lake” have suspended filming in Baltimore following threats of taking pictures and extortion.
“The Girl in the Lake” is a drama serial starring Natalie Portman in her first tv work, and primarily based on the novel by Laura Lippman. Apple TV+ gave it a straight-to-series order, that means the producers did not must make a pilot episode, and filming started in April 2022.
Based on Selection, Baltimore police have confirmed that on Friday, August 26, 2022, producers on the present obtained threats of violence. Particularly, producers filming on Park Avenue have been advised to close down manufacturing or somebody could be shot. Described solely as a bunch of locals, the folks concerned additionally demanded $50,000 to permit filming to proceed.
Whereas Apple TV+ has not commented on the state of affairs, Selection says that producers determined to “err on the facet of warning,” and halt manufacturing. Police report that the producers have opted to scout for another location, and to reschedule filming.
Lippman’s husband is David Simon, creator of Baltimore-set “The Wire” and “Murder: Life on the Road,” and who was beforehand a reporter in the metropolis. He took to Twitter to reward how police and native authorities take care of conditions similar to this.
Not my manufacturing. Do not know all particulars. However we shot 200 hours of tv over 20 years. Communicated the place we shot. At all times a couple of loudmouths hyping; at all times people in crew — places, safety, BPD — educated to firmly however respectfully reply. Baltimore is nice folks. https://t.co/KtTqybPa0p
— David Simon (@AoDespair) August 28, 2022
“The Girl in the Lake” is about in Baltimore in 1966, and is written by Alma Har’el and Dre Ryan. Apple says that the present considerations “an unsolved homicide [which] pushes housewife and mom Maddie Schwartz (Portman) to reinvent her life as an investigative journalist.”
Lupita Nyong’o co-stars as Cleo Sherwood, “a hard-working lady juggling motherhood, many roles and a passionate dedication to advancing Baltimore’s Black progressive agenda.”
Writer Laura Lippman is one of a number of govt producer on the sequence, together with present creator and director Alma Har’el, plus star Portman. One of the manufacturing corporations concerned is the UK’s Unhealthy Wolf with “Physician Who” govt Julie Gardner.