'Rust' Production Finds New Filming Location In Montana, Featuring Church
'Rust' Production Moving To Montana ... Church Similar to Where Shooting Happened
2/22/2023 9:47 AM PT
The production company behind "Rust" has found a new place to call home outside of New Mexico ... with a church that looks incredibly similar to the one cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was shot in.
A rep for Rust Movie Productions tells TMZ Yellowstone Film Ranch in Montana will serve as the new backdrop, adding the production team is all about honoring Halyna's vision.
We're told those running the ranch are also honored to "carry forward her inspiring legacy." Director Joel Souza, who was also shot during the tragic incident, says he's "deeply grateful" for the invite to film at the ranch, calling it a privilege to work with partners like this.
Sources familiar with production plans say March and April have both been discussed as possible start months.
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Worth noting just how much the church set looks like the original one in New Mexico -- likely trying to keep scenes consistent without having to backtrack, but it's still kinda eerie.
As we reported, Alec was charged with involuntary manslaughter last month, for the death of Halnya while shooting the western project back in 2021. Earlier this week, the Santa Fe County D.A. dropped the gun enhancement charge against Alec -- meaning he might not face jail time if convicted, as opposed to a minimum of 5 years if the enhancement charge was enforced.