Baltimore production of the Apple TV+ series “Lady in the Lake” was halted Friday afternoon after producers decided to “err on the side of caution” after receiving threats of violence.
The Baltimore Police Department confirmed that a group of locals contacted producers working on a shoot on Park Avenue in downtown Baltimore around 4 p.m. Friday. The group threatened to return at night to shoot someone if production did not cease. The producers were also told to pay a sum of $50,000 to the group before production was allowed to continue.
The leaders of the series chose to reschedule the filming and find another location after receiving the message, according to the police department.
Apple TV+ representatives were not immediately available for comment. It is unclear if production has resumed since the incident.
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Filming for “Lady in the Lake” began in April and is expected to continue into the fall. The series takes place in Baltimore in 1966 and is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by local author Laura Lippman. The series stars Natalie Portman and Moses Ingram, alongside Y’Lan Noel, Mikey Madison and Brett Gelman.
David Simon, creator of the Baltimore-set series “The Wire” and husband of Lippman, shared a statement about the production halt to honor how authorities handled the situation.
“We recorded 200 hours of television over two decades. Statement where we shoot. Always a few loudmouths exaggerating; always people in the crew (locations, security, BPD) trained to respond firmly but respectfully. Baltimore is good people,” Simon wrote.
“Lady in the Lake” comes from Endeavor Content. Alma Har’el serves as creator of the series and is also director and executive producer, along with Christopher Legget, under their new production company Zusa. Portman is an executive producer along with her producing partner, Sophie Mas. Crazyrose directors Nathan Ross and the late Jean-Marc Vallée are executive producers along with Bad Wolf’s Julie Gardner. POV Entertainment’s Amy J. Kaufman and Layne Eskridge are also executive producers, as are Lippman and Boaz Yakin.