Production in Baltimore of the Apple TV+ series “Lady in the Lake” was halted Friday afternoon after producers decided to “err on the side of caution” after receiving threats of violence.
The Baltimore Police Department confirmed that a group of residents contacted producers working on a shoot on Park Avenue in downtown around 4 p.m. Friday. The band threatened to come back in the evening to shoot someone if production didn’t stop. The producers were also asked to pay the band a sum of $50,000 before production was allowed to continue.
Series executives opted to postpone filming and seek an alternate location after receiving the message, according to the police department.
Representatives for Apple TV+ were not immediately available for comment. It remains unclear if production has resumed since the incident.
Filming for “Lady in the Lake” began in April and is expected to continue through the fall. The series is set in Baltimore in 1966 and is adapted from the novel of the same name by local author Laura Lippman. The series stars Natalie Portman and Moses Ingram, alongside Y’Lan Noel, Mikey Madison and Brett Gelman.
David Simon, creator of “The Wire” series in Baltimore and husband of Lippman, shared a statement regarding the production shutdown to honor how authorities handled the situation.
“We shot 200 hours of television over two decades. Release where we shot. Always some hype loudmouths; always crew members – locations, security, BPD – trained to respond firmly but respectfully. Baltimore is a good people,” Simon wrote.
“Lady in the Lake” comes from Endeavor Content. Alma Har’el is the series’ creator and also serves as director and executive producer, along with Christopher Legget, under her new production company Zusa. Portman executive produces with his producing partner, Sophie Mas. Crazyrose directors Nathan Ross and the late Jean-Marc Vallée produce with Julie Gardner for Bad Wolf. POV Entertainment’s Amy J. Kaufman and Layne Eskridge are also executive producers, as are Lippman and Boaz Yakin.
The Baltimore Banner first reported the situation.