Halyna Hutchins’ Husband Hires Law Firm After Fatal ‘Rust’ Shooting

by Matthew Memrick

Weeks after Halyna Hutchins died in a freak on-set shooting for the movie “Rust,” her husband has hired a law firm.

The website Deadline confirmed that Matthew Hutchins hired L.A.-based Panish Shea Boyle Ravipudi.

Partner Brian Panish will lead any possible wrongful death lawsuit if it is filed.

Hutchins was the movie’s late director of photography. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her 9-year-old son, Andros. The Reuters news agency said Matthew Hutchins is an attorney specializing in corporate law out of Latham & Watkins in Los Angeles.

Film Accident Involved Prop Gun

During a film scene, actor/producer Alec Baldwin killed Halyna Hutchins on the set of “Rust” on Oct. 21. The actor thought he was firing a “cold gun” during a scene at the Bonanza Creek Ranch outside Santa Fe, N.M. 

Sheriff’s Office officials are still investigating how a real bullet ended up in the prop gun. First Assistant Director David Halls handed Baldwin the gun for a quick-draw scene. Baldwin’s bullet also hit film director Joel Souza. The man was injured and treated at a hospital.

Last week the film’s armorer broke her silence on the matter in a Tweet.

In the statement, Gutierrez-Reed said she worked two positions on the film. The professional said she “she fought for training, days to maintain weapons, and proper training for gunfire. The woman said the production’s officials and her department overruled her decisions.

Producers Make Statement After Death  

Last week, Deadline reported that executive producer Allen Cheney and Streamline Global finance company were limited in their involvement. They worked on financing the film, got credit for it, and did not work with day-to-day production. 

Cheney went on to add that the six credited producers on the film, including Baldwin, had more than 35 years of experience on film and television projects. 

Reportedly, day-to-day producer Ryan Donnell Smith hired Atlanta-based 3rd Shift Media. The producer also has an equity stake in the film. The Georgia company hired Halls and Gutierrez-Reed. The company also provided production services and hired line producer Gabrielle Pickle and united production manager Row Walters. 

Crew Gives Mixed Words Over Production

This week, Baldwin reposted a Facebook post from the film’s costume designer.

Terese Magpale Davis praised the producers while affirming an atmosphere of good safety on the set. She also criticized cameramen who quit the production and those not happy with hotel conditions.