Extortion threat halts Natalie Portman’s Apple TV+ drama series

The Next Drama Starring Natalie Portman on Apple TV+ lady at the lake was forced to suspend production on Friday, August 26, after several people threatened the producers with extortion while the series was filming in Baltimore, Maryland.

As reported by Deadline, the Baltimore Police Department said the crew was filming downtown around 4 p.m. when several people approached the producers and told them to stop filming. The band reportedly demanded $50,000 from the production to continue – if the producers didn’t pay the money or stop filming, the band said they would come back and shoot someone.

“Friday afternoon, on the Baltimore set of our production lady at the lakebefore the cast and crew arrived, depending on their call time, a driver from our production crew was confronted by two men, one of whom brandished a gun aimed at our driver, and then they fled the scene,” Endeavor Content, the studio behind the series, said in a statement to Deadline.

“We are working with the Baltimore Police Department while the investigation is ongoing. The safety and security of our crew, cast, and everyone who works on our productions is our top priority, and we are grateful that no one was injured. Production will resume with enhanced safety measures in the future.

Based on the novel by Laura Lippman and created and directed by Alma Har’el (honey boy), lady at the lake is set in 1960s Baltimore and centers on Maddie Schwartz (Portman), a housewife who reinvents herself as an investigative reporter after an unsolved murder. This new career path puts her on a collision course with Moses Ingram’s Cleo Sherwood.

“It was a privilege to film lady at the lake in Baltimore, working with its vibrant community in many areas,” the Endeavor statement continued. “Our thanks and appreciation to the City of Baltimore, Mayor Brandon M. Scott, the Baltimore Film Office, the Maryland Film Office and the Baltimore Police Department for their incredible support as we continue production in the great city of Baltimore and surrounding communities.”

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