A contract worker was killed and two others injured Thursday in an accident on the set of Martin Scorsese’s upcoming film Silence.
The accident happened Thursday in Taipei, Taiwan, when temporary wooden scaffolding collapsed at the Chinese Culture and Movie Center, according to the Taipei City Construction Management Office.
The man, a construction worker, was pronounced dead on arrival at a local hospital. The extent of the injuries to the other two men is unknown.
A spokesperson for CMPC Studios spoke to the Hollywood Reporter:
Today there was an unfortunate accident at CMPC Studios in Taiwan, where the Martin Scorsese film, Silence, is in pre-production. An existing structure on the CMPC backlot had been deemed unsafe by the production, and accordingly a 3rd-party contractor was hired to reinforce and make it safe prior to any production-related work commencing in this building. Sadly, during this process, the ceiling collapsed, resulting in the death of one of the contractor’s employees and injuries to two others. Everyone is in shock and sorrow and expresses their deepest concern and sympathy to the families of the individual who died and those who were injured.
Silence is in advanced pre-production with filming set to begin soon. Liam Neeson, Adam Driver, and Andrew Garfield have all be cast in the film, which is scheduled for release next year.