Baltimore production of the Apple TV+ series “Lady in the Lake” was halted Friday afternoon after producers decided to “remain cautious” over threats of violence.
Baltimore Police Department confirmed that a group of local residents reached out to producers about 4 p.m. Friday who were shooting on downtown Park Avenue. The group threatened to come back in the evening to shoot someone if production didn’t stop. Producers were also told to pay the group a $50,000 fee before production was allowed to go ahead.
According to the police, leaders of the series chose to reschedule the shooting and seek another location after receiving the message.
Apple TV+ representatives were not immediately available for comment. It remains unclear whether production has resumed since the incident.
The shooting of “Lady in the Lake” started in April and is expected to continue until the fall. Set in Baltimore in 1966, the series is an adaptation of local author Laura Lippman’s novel of the same name. The series stars Natalie Portman and Moses Ingram, alongside Y’Lan Noel, Mikey Madison and Brett Gelman.
David Simon, the creator of the Baltimore series “The Wire” and Lippman’s husband, shared a statement about the production shutdown to honor how authorities were handling the situation.
“We shot 200 hours of television in two decades. Communicated where we fired. Always a few screamers; always people in the crew – locations, security, BPD – trained to respond resolutely but respectfully. Baltimore are good people,” Simon wrote.
“Lady in the Lake” comes from Endeavor Content. Alma Har’el is the series creator and is also a director and executive producer, along with Christopher Legget, under her new production company Zusa. Portman executive produces along with her production partner, Sophie Mas. Crazyrose protagonists Nathan Ross and the late Jean-Marc Vallée co-produce Bad Wolf with Julie Gardner. Amy J. Kaufman and Layne Eskridge of POV Entertainment are also executive producers, as are Lippman and Boaz Yakin.
The Baltimore Banner first reported the situation.