AceShowbiz - Several people were injured after a fire stunt went wrong on the set of "Gladiator 2". Six crew members were rushed to the hospital after an accident caused a chaos on the set of the Paramount movie in Morocco on Wednesday, June 7.
All six crew members received treatment for burn injuries, which were described as non-life-threatening. Four of them remain in the hospital, while production has resumed by the time the news was confirmed on Friday, June 9.
"While filming a planned stunt sequence on the set of the 'Gladiator' sequel, an accident occurred during which several crew members experienced non-life-threatening injuries," a spokesperson for Paramount Pictures said in a statement. "The safety and full medical services teams on-site were able to act quickly so that those who were impacted immediately received necessary care. They are all in stable condition and continue to receive treatment."
"We will continue monitoring the situation and taking all necessary precautions as we resume production," the statement continued.
The studio did not provide details of the accident, but Variety reported that it occurred towards the end of the shooting day. Meanwhile, The Sun reported that onlookers speculated a gas pipe on the set may have ruptured.
"It was terrifying - a huge ball of fire flew up and caught several crew members in its path," a source said on Thursday. "In years of filming I’ve never seen an accident so scary."
"Six production staff had to be rushed to hospital for treatment," the source went on dishing. "Hopefully everyone will be OK, but it was a serious accident. Everyone involved, from the lowliest runners to the star names, has been shaken up by this."
No cast members were harmed in the incident, but actors like Paul Mescal and Denzel Washington reportedly watched in horror as the crew members were engulfed in flames. An investigation is now underway to determine the cause of the huge explosion.
Filming in the Sahara desert in the city of Ouarzazate has only just begun, with Ridley Scott returning as the helmer for the sequel to his 2000's "Gladiator". Mescal stars in the lead role as Lucius, the son of of Connie Nielsen's character Lucilla and Joaquin Phoenix's Commodus from the original film. Russell Crowe, who won a Best Actor award at the 2001 Oscars for his role in the original movie, will not return to the sequel.
"Gladiator 2" is slated to be released on November 22, 2024.