EXCLUSIVE: A tragic death and several injuries occurred in Taiwan today during pre-production on the Martin Scorsese-directed adaptation of the Shusako Endo novel Silence. I have a statement from a spokesperson for the film that will star Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver.
“Today there was an unfortunate accident at CMPC Studios in Taiwan, where the Martin Scorsese film, Silence, is in pre-production. An existing structure on the CMPC backlot had been deemed unsafe by the production, and accordingly a 3rd-party contractor was hired to reinforce and make it safe prior to any production-related work commencing in this building. Sadly, during this process, the ceiling collapsed, resulting in the death of one of the contractor’s employees and injuries to two others. Everyone is in shock and sorrow and expresses their deepest concern and sympathy to the families of the individual who died and those who were injured.”
Will tell you more when we know it.
1. Andy • on Jan 28, 2015 11:22 pm
The word “unfortunate” is an unfortunate choice of words.
2. will • on Jan 28, 2015 11:36 pm
Another runaway production to a country with lax safety standards results in a needless death, all in the name of saving a few bucks. How much is a human life worth? Only Hollywood accountants know for sure…
1) Ryan S • on Jan 29, 2015 6:21 am
Isn’t it an Asian story?
2) Dani • on Jan 29, 2015 6:31 am
You know that the movie takes place in Asia, right? Where did you want to shoot it, in Chinatown?
3) Ty Leisher (@TyLeisher) • on Jan 29, 2015 6:38 am
Did you even read the article? Production deemed it unsafe, told the studio about it. This collapse and death happened while the studio was in the process of making it safe. Jesus, get a brain.
4) MexyMartini • on Jan 29, 2015 6:47 am
5) The novel is set in Japan. Filmmakers today attempt to film in a terrain at least remotely similar to the subject matter. I am not certain that Hawaii would work. Yes, 30s/40s studios pulled off Asian settings in Southern California, but that was the industry standard of the day. Today, we expect some sort of accurate location filming.
a. nerdrage • on Jan 29, 2015 10:04 am
6) “Accurate filming location” my ass, History Channel just showed a miniseries about the American Revolution filmed largely in Romania!
Maybe this particular movie is filmed in a semi-accurate location, but the larger problem of runaway productions shooting stories in inappropriate locations is obvious.
7) Sean • on Jan 29, 2015 6:57 am
WTF??? How did you Taiwan has a “lax safety standard”? Have you worked on a film production in Taiwan or even been there?
By the way, Taiwan has a higher quality-of-life index than here in the US.
By the way, Taiwan has a higher quality-of-life index than here in the US.
Do not jump into conclusion without knowing some basic facts.
a) drugbunny • on Jan 30, 2015 8:09 am
Did you know that a cartoon character is registered as an editor on Wikipedia? By the way Taiwan is not even remotely Japan.
8) CMWT (@CMWebTechs) • on Jan 29, 2015 7:00 am
I know right? How dare they shoot a movie set in Japan in Taiwan.
9) JustMe • on Jan 29, 2015 7:07 am
I’m all for filming in CA, but “runaway production”? A movie set in 17th century Japan should be filmed where? Burbank? And, as far as I can tell from the article, the location was “deemed unsafe by Production.” It was Production that was concerned about the safety of the location and tried to correct the problem.
10) James • on Jan 29, 2015 7:49 am
If your read the article carefully, they said they knew there was already an existing structure that posed a safety threat which they responded by getting people whose job is to make everything safe for everyone.
It’s truly just a sad and grievous event that happened.
11) SISTIMSH0CK • on Jan 29, 2015 8:52 am
As if “safety standards” prevent all accidents. Anyways, I’m sure people in the demolition and construction industry are well aware of the risks. But the bottom line is – I’d rather buy a movie ticket for 3 dollars in a country with no “safety standards” than 20 dollars in a country with them.
Regulations effect consumer prices.
12) AC • on Jan 29, 2015 9:35 am
this isn’t a runaway production, unless you are japanese below the line. the book is set in Japan.
1. Steve • on Jan 29, 2015 2:34 am
So nothing other than a degrees-of-separation connection to Scorsese or his movie, then?
1) Bill Blankenship • on Jan 29, 2015 8:13 am
i guess the real headline “Tragic Death Of Outside Contractor On Taiwan Production Lot” wasn’t enough click bait for them.
2) Rick • on Jan 29, 2015 9:03 am
Its horrible, tragic, and senseless for sure. But adding calling it Scorsese’s set made us click.
3) jed • on Jan 29, 2015 10:46 am
Did you come here hoping Scorsese was responsible? Sorry to disappoint.
a) Johan Strauss (@johansezbyteme) • on Jan 29, 2015 12:56 pm
Who is in charge of making a movie while on the set? The director. Final responsibility rests with him. Glad I could set you straight.
· JustMe • on Jan 29, 2015 3:00 pm
You set no one straight. But thanks for playing.
3. Anonymous • on Jan 29, 2015 6:08 am
Let’s all pretend this accident wasn’t the result of trying to save money by not shooting in Hollywood.
a) Meh • on Jan 29, 2015 10:16 am
You sure you can establish that? Didn’t an extra almost die on a Transformers film recently?
b) Bill blankenship • on Jan 29, 2015 11:02 am
let’s all pretend that there is no other reason to shoot anywhere but hollywood except “trying to save money”
i’m sure Apocalypse Now would’ve looked awesome shot on some backlot!
4. Defiant • on Jan 29, 2015 8:24 am
Oh no! I hope this tragedy won’t stop Neeson from using guns to make another zillion bucks in American theaters…you know…right before he trashes our “gun culture” again…
a) NotInsaneLikeYou • on Jan 29, 2015 4:23 pm
5. Anonymous • on Jan 29, 2015 8:40 am
Not sure how you figure it’s a runaway production with lax safety standards and all that… they hired a contractor to make it safe for production. The article does not state if the accident was caused by human error or if it was a true accident. Probably ought to simmer down with the “blame-the-rich-guys-exploiting-everyone.”
6. Sallah • on Jan 29, 2015 9:28 am
Runaway production? If you actually read, this happened to a local contractor hired to fix a portion of an existing studio where this particular film happened to be in pre-production. No one involved was part of Scorsese’s film, so trying to turn this into an economic/political issue is insensitive to the local contractor at best.
7. Anonymous • on Jan 29, 2015 11:19 am
This is horrible.
Honest question: why not film in Japan?
8. uncle9 • on Jan 29, 2015 12:47 pm
Tragic and horrible, but this unsafe structure was on CMPC backlot. Movie people not even there. Third-party contractor. If you have ever been anywhere in the Far East and observed construction work, you know that safety is definitely not “job one.” I think it’s unfair to drag Scorcese’s and the movie’s name into this thing. The only part they played was to demand that an unsafe building be upgraded. They had nothing whatsoever else to do with it.
9. Mark • on Jan 29, 2015 4:43 pm
Location shooting keeps Hollywood percolating. Imagine if all movies looked like they were shot in Encino. Nobody would go. “Doctor Zhivago” but in Orange County! It will be interesting to see how Taiwan reacts to the local loss and what kind of responsibility they will “own”.
10. TOM • on Jan 29, 2015 5:46 pm
This picture is cursed already.
11. Ban • on Jan 30, 2015 5:22 am
Amazing that an entire promo complete with name of stars, project title and all is shoved in their pseudo-obituary. Leave it up to Smallywoodland.
12. b dA tRUTH • on Jan 30, 2015 7:40 am
Do Do happens, life goes on.