Martin Scorsese at the Academy Theater at Lighthouse International on December 18, 2013 in New York City. Cindy Ord/Getty Images
One man was killed and two more injured when a structure on the Taiwan set of director Martin Scorsese’s upcoming drama Silence collapsed earlier this week. “There was an unfortunate accident at CMPC Studios in Taiwan, where the Martin Scorsese film, Silence, is in pre-production,” a spokesperson for the film wrote in a statement to Deadline.
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“An existing structure on the CMPC backlot had been deemed unsafe by the production, and accordingly a third-party contractor was hired to reinforce and make it safe prior to any production-related work commencing in this building,” the statement continued. “Sadly, during this process, the ceiling collapsed, resulting in the death of one of the contractor’s employees and injuries to two others.”
CNN adds that both injured men were hospitalized, one in serious condition. “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,” the Silence spokesperson said.
It was not immediately known whether the accident would postpone the production of the film, which is currently scheduled to arrive in 2016. Silence, based on Shūsaku Endō’s 1966 novel, stars Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver in a story about the challenges faced by Jesuit missionaries attempting to spread Christianity in 17th century Japan.
“The subject matter is very close to my heart. I’ve been working on it since I first read the book in 1989,” Scorsese told Total Film of Silence. “It goes back to growing up in New York, living in an area that was pretty tough, and also the church at the same time. It’s similar to Mean Streets, in a way. It deals with spiritual matters in a concrete, physical world; a world where invariably the worst of human nature is revealed.”