UPDATED Thursday AM after Wed. 3:41 PM post: A crew member working on the UK production of Warner Bros.’ Robert Zemeckis-directed movie The Witches was stabbed Wednesday afternoon in a confrontation with a co-worker. Production was taking place at Warner Bros. Studios stages in Leavesden, Hertfordshire, and was suspended on Wednesday.
Local police believe that the two men know each other. The injured man was reportedly taken to a hospital and his suspected attacker was arrested. As of this morning Pacific time, it has been reported by police that the suspect has been released on bond and is due back in court July 17.
The Daily Mail reported that the fight was between a rigger and a stage hand, and that there were approximately 100 people on set when the incident occurred. It is not clear whether any of the pic’s cast members, including stars Anne Hathaway, Octavia Spencer and Stanley Tucci, witnessed the stabbing. Stateside Warner Bros. studio spokespeople couldn’t provide comment on the local UK police matter.
Police across the pond provided the following statement to media on Wednesday:
Police were called at around 12.35pm today (Wednesday, June 19) to reports of an incident at Warner Bros studio production facility in Leavesden.
One man sustained a neck injury and was taken to hospital by ambulance.
A second man was arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent to do grievous bodily harm and is currently in police custody.
It is believed the men are known to each other. Enquiries are continuing at this time to establish the circumstances around what happened.”
The Witches is a remake of the 1990 Nicolas Roeg-directed movie, based on Roald Dahl’s 1983 children’s book.