UPDATED: Sixteen background actors were injured and 11 were taken to the hospital today after an accident on the Toronto set of Sony/Screen Gems’ Resident Evil: Retribution. The incident occurred at Cinespace Film Studios when the actors, dressed as zombies, fell through a gap in a 4-foot-high platform that separated from the set, causing leg, back and arm injuries, none of which were life-threatening, authorities said. According to production companies Davis Films/Impact Pictures and Constantin Film International, seven of the actors have already returned to the set. “It is with regret that we confirm this unfortunate accident,” the companies said in a just-released statement. “The thoughts of everyone involved in the production are with those who have been injured, and we hope that all have a quick and complete recovery. The filmmakers are continuing to work closely with the authorities in responding to this accident.”
It apparently took awhile for emergency personnel to sort out the extent of the victims’ injuries as the actors were dressed for their roles — bloody, decomposing flesh and all. “I could see the look on the first paramedic, saying ‘Oh my God,’ ” Toronto emergency medical services Commander David Ralph told the AP. The film franchise’s star, Milla Jovovich, was not on set at the time, her spokesman said. Classified as an industrial accident, Canada’s Ministry of Labor is investigating. The fifth film in the video game-turned-film series is due out September 14, 2012.