Construction Worker Dies After Accident On 'Blade Runner' Set
The incident happened on August 25 in Budapest, where parts of the film are being shot. Origo Studios, a film production company based in Budapest, sent a statement to The Hollywood Reporter that said that, "The worker was underneath a platform, upon which the set was constructed, when it suddenly collapsed. The cause of the accident is not yet known." The company says an investigation is in progress.
According to Deadline, the film crew had already wrapped production in the area and had moved to a new location. Alcon Entertainment, which is producing the film, said that the man was not a part of the film crew, but was hired by a subcontractor to help with the tear-down. The identity of the worker has not yet been released.
Accidents on movie sets aren't too uncommon. Most of the time they result in minor injuries, like when Harrison Ford got his hand wedged against a hydraulic door on the set of The Force Awakens. Unfortunately, the incidents are fatal on occassion. In 2015, camera assistant Sarah Jones was killed on the set of a Gregg Allman biopic. The crew was filming on a bridge when a train passed by and struck Jones. Randall Miller, the director, was accused of knowing that the train track was active, and attempting to shoot at a location that he had no permit for. He later pleaded guilty in court and was handed a 10-year sentence.
The untitled Blade Runner sequel, which will star Ford and Ryan Gosling, is slated to open in U.S. theaters on October 6, 2017.