Crew Hospitalized After Accident on Eddie Murphy Film Set

Film Set Mishap Leads to Unexpected Crew Injuries

by Zain ul Abedin
Crew Hospitalized After Accident on Eddie Murphy Film Set
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Two crew members were hospitalized following a collision between a car and truck during the filming of Eddie Murphy's latest film, "The Pickup," in Atlanta, Georgia. The incident, which occurred this past Saturday, left several other crew members injured.

The accident happened while shooting a scene that involved a second unit of the production, which was responsible for capturing supplementary footage without the main director or principal actors present. Despite rigorous safety measures and rehearsals overseen by Amazon MGM Studios, the sequence unexpectedly went awry.

"Unfortunately, the sequence did not go as planned, and several members of the crew were injured as a result," the studio expressed in a formal statement. They emphasized that the immediate focus is on the recovery of those injured and reiterated their commitment to the highest safety standards in film production.

Neither Eddie Murphy nor co-stars Keke Palmer and Pete Davidson were present on the set at the time of the mishap. The scene involved was being handled by a crew typically tasked with less central scenes, indicating no direct involvement from the film's lead figures.

Accident Details Emerge

The studio has not disclosed details regarding the specific injuries. However, sources close to the production revealed that the injuries varied from minor bumps and bruises to more serious conditions like broken bones.

One of the two hospitalized crew members remains under medical care, and both are expected to fully recover. The incident occurred on a location outside the main Atlanta area when a truck unexpectedly locked up and collided with a car.

Described by an insider as a "completely freak accident," the event wasn't associated with a complex or inherently dangerous stunt. Following the incident, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, which represents most U.S.

film crew members, announced an ongoing inquiry into the circumstances of the accident. Directed by Tim Story, known for his work on "Barbershop" and "Fantastic Four," "The Pickup" has been in production around Atlanta since February.

Despite the unfortunate event, the film's release schedule remains unaffected. As the investigation continues, the filmmaking community has rallied to support the injured, underscoring an enduring commitment to safety and care within the industry.