Filming of a series in Baltimore has been halted due to a death threat, UPI reported, citing representatives of the local police.
Work on Apple’s Lady of the Lake has been temporarily halted after producers decided it was too risky to continue after the warning.
“Production executives decided to … reschedule the shoot after finding another location,” explained Baltimore Police Department spokesman James Moses, BTA adds.
According to the Baltimore Banner, which first reported the threat, drug dealers demanded that the show’s producers vacate the location chosen for filming. Finally, they even threatened to shoot a member of the team.
Police spokesman Moses told the publication that the drug dealers tried to extort $50,000 from the “Lady of the Lake” crew, but the producers refused to pay the requested amount.
The drug dealers threatened to return later that evening, although that did not appear to have happened, the Baltimore Banner noted.
The series “Lady of the Lake” is based on the novel of the same name by Laura Lipman. The production stars Natalie Portman and Moses Ingram. The series follows the experiences of an investigative journalist in 1960s Baltimore who wants to shed light on murders in the city’s African-American community.
The series began filming in Baltimore last April and is expected to premiere in 2023 on Apple TV Plus.