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Apple TV series 'Lady in the Lake' resumes production in Baltimore after producers say they were threatened

A group of locals threatened Friday to return in the evening to shoot somebody if production didn’t cease. Producers were also told to pay $50,000 to the group before production would be allowed to continue.
/ Source: Reuters

The Baltimore production of the Apple TV+ series “Lady in the Lake” has resumed at a new location after it was derailed last week by a threat of violence, a union official said Monday.

"Shooting has resumed on the show, it only stopped for the one day," David M. O’Ferrall, business agent for IATSE Local 487, said in an email to NBC News.

O’Ferrall, whose union represents the special effects, set construction, costumers and other behind-the-scenes workers, added: "Unfortunately, I’m not able to go into any more detail than that."

Word that production of the show starring Natalie Portman and Moses Ingram had resumed came three days after production was halted Friday afternoon after the producers decided to “err on the side of caution” after they received a threat of violence.

Baltimore police confirmed that a group of locals contacted producers working a shoot on Park Avenue downtown at around 4 p.m. Friday. The group threatened to return in the evening to shoot somebody if production didn’t cease.

The producers were also told to pay $50,000 to the group before production would be allowed to continue.

Rather than pay the money, the producers elected to reschedule filming and look for another location, police said.

Representatives for Apple TV+ were not immediately available for comment.

The Baltimore Banner first reported the situation.

“Lady in the Lake” filming began in April and is expected to continue through the fall. The series, which takes place in Baltimore in 1966, is adapted from local author Laura Lippman’s novel of the same name. The series also features Y’Lan Noel, Mikey Madison and Brett Gelman.

Lippman’s husband, David Simon, the creator of the Baltimore-set series “The Wire,” shared a statement about the production halt to honor how authorities handled the situation.

“We shot 200 hours of television over two decades. Communicated where we shot. Always a few loudmouths hyping; always folks in crew -- locations, security, BPD -- trained to firmly but respectfully respond. Baltimore is good people,” Simon wrote.

“Lady in the Lake” comes from Endeavor Content. Alma Har’el serves as creator on the series and is also a director and an executive producer, along with Christopher Legget, under her new production company Zusa.

Portman executive produces along with her producing partner, Sophie Mas. Crazyrose principals Nathan Ross and the late Jean-Marc Vallée executive produce along with Julie Gardner for Bad Wolf. Amy J. Kaufman and Layne Eskridge of POV Entertainment also executive produce, as do Lippman and Boaz Yakin.