An Apple TV+ series suspends filming following death threats from drug dealers

Since Apple launched into the production of series and films with its subsidiary Apple Studios and its many partners in the industry, the content is generally shot in good conditions. However, there are a few exceptions… The Lady in the Lake series which is being filmed in the city of Baltimore is facing a dangerous environment, dealers have demanded a ransom from Apple to be able to continue shooting its series in the city of Baltimore. town.

Filming is suspended

Blow to original Apple production “Lady in the Lake”according to a report by Variety, the Cupertino company was forced to suspend filming of his future series because of repeated death threats by young people who are known to sell drugs in difficult areas of the city of Baltimore.

Knowing Apple’s war chest, several dealers approached the film crews to demand a ransom of $50,000 to be able to continue filming the series in Baltimore. Faced with a categorical refusal from Apple, several young people threatened to shoot actors or members of the technical team of the series.

For Apple, it is obviously out of the question to take the risk of continuing the filming of its series in Baltimore, because the priority is to protect cast and crew. While waiting to find a solution to continue production of its original series, Apple has informed that the project is paused at this time, the company has no intention of ending the series just yet.

Natalie Portman and Moses Ingram

Natalie Portman and Moses Ingram, the main actresses of the series Lady in the Lake

One of the solutions envisaged by the Californian giant would be to order its teams to shoot in an other city nearby or in another state. Of course, a change of this magnitude takes time, because Apple needs a multitude of permissions to be able to shoot in a new city. In addition, the sets will have to remain more or less the same so as not to shock the viewers, it is possible that the scriptwriters will bring some changes to the history of the series.

Lady in the Lake takes place in the 60s in Baltimore, you will follow the adventures of Maddie Schartz (played by Natalie Portman), a mother who is passionate about the investigation of an unsolved murder in her town. She will make the decision to resume her career as an investigative journalist. During her busy days unraveling the mystery surrounding this headline-grabbing murder, Maddie Schartz will meet Sherwood (Moses Ingram), a woman who has just had a child and who is overwhelmed because of her two jobs.

As the report reveals, the main actress alongside Natalie Portman was originally supposed to be Lupita Nyong’o, but the actress of 12 Years a Slave and Black Panther seems to have favored another shoot, probably that of the HBO Max series Americana.

The interruption of the filming of Lady in the Lake comes as no surprise to delay the launch of the series which was normally scheduled to arrive in the first half of 2023.
This is the first time that Apple has had to deal with such a situation, a problem that must have happened to other production studios.

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