A crew member was reportedly stabbed in the neck on the set of Robert Zemeckis’ new film adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s novel “The Witches” from Warner Bros. Pictures.
The project is being shot at the Warner Bros. Studios stages in Leavesden and a report in The Daily Mail claims the studio was locked down after a fight between a rigger and a stagehand took place while around one-hundred crew members were on set.
One staffer told the paper that workers at Leavesden started messaging each other about what happened as multiple police vehicles arrived. Warners says the incident was a police matter and declined comment.
Police say in a statement: “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.”
Anne Hathaway has been cast as the Grand High Witch in the project which also stars Chris Rock and Octavia Spencer. It’s not known if any of the stars witnessed the attack, but sources say production on the film has been unaffected and is continuing as planned.
“The Witches” has been scheduled for an October 16th 2020 release.