The production has now come to a halt and according to the police, the victim was taken to a nearby hospital.
Anne Hathaway's upcoming movie 'The Witches' has faced a severe setback after a crew member was stabbed in the neck on the set. The incident took place at the Warner Bros studio in Leavesden, Hertfordshire, in England. The production has now come to a halt and according to the Hertfordshire Constabulary, the victim sustained a neck injury and was taken to the nearby hospital by an ambulance.
Filming on Anne Hathaway’s new move 'The Witches' was dramatically stopped today as a crew member stabbed in the neck— Lilian Chan (@bestgug) June 19, 2019
One of Britain’s top film studios was in lockdown today after a stage hand on Anne Hathaway’s new movie The Witches was stabbed in the neck during a fight. pic.twitter.com/ZXJkqZEo3G
“Police were called at around 12.35 pm today to reports of an incident at Warner Bros studio production facility in Leavesden,” a police official was quoted as saying by Variety.
“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. The inquiries are continuing at this time to establish the circumstances around what happened.”
According to the police, the victim has been hospitalized while his alleged attacker has now been arrested. The Daily Mail reported that the studio was locked down after the incident took place. There were about 100 crew members at that time.
However, it is not still clear whether Anne Hathaway was at the shooting spot when the incident took place. The movie has other big stars in it including Chris Rock, Stanley Tucci, and Octavia Spencer but it’s not known if any of the stars witnessed the attack.
The movie will be a modern reboot of Roald Dahl's classic "The Witches" which terrified us as children. And this comes after almost 29 years later with some of the biggest names in Hollywood. The original "The Witches" was released in 1990 and although it became a cult classic at that time, the numbers at the box office didn't match its potential.
"A young boy stumbles onto a witch convention and must stop them, even after he has been turned into a mouse," the premise of the original movie reads. And with the new makeover, we surely hope that Hollywood sticks to Dahl's words and does not make the same mistakes it did with the original movie when it came to deviating from the original book.
Anne Hathaway will be essaying the titular role of Grand High Witch, which was earlier played by Anjelica Huston. In an earlier interview with Variety, Hathaway talked about the upcoming movie and how it will very different from the original despite retaining the same story. "I think the stories will be the only thing that is familiar. I think everything else is totally from the mind of Robert Zemeckis and I'm really excited," she said.
Although with the production coming to a halt after the incident, it is to be noted that the movie may be pushed back to a later date. It was earlier believed to be hitting the cinema halls on Oct. 16, 2020, by Warner Bros. But let's hope the release date is not affected. Will you be watching it?