Gladiator 2 crew members treated for burn injuries after stunt accident
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We all know how potentially dangerous film sets can be, particularly for movies that contain a lot of stunts.
Sadly, some have ended in complete tragedy - with the sets of Rust and Indian 2 resulting in crew members losing their lives.
The incident is said to have taken place on 7 June while the crew were shooting a stunt sequence for the action movie in Morocco.
Paramount Pictures confirmed the incident in a statement released on Friday (9 June).
A company spokesperson said: "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.
"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."
Variety reports that a total of six people were treated, four of which still remain in hospital - the outlet added no cast members were injured.
Previously, a source close to the project told The Sun: "It was terrifying - a huge ball of fire flew up and caught several crew members in its path.
"In years of filming I’ve never seen an accident so scary.
"Six production staff had to be rushed to hospital for treatment.
“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.”
According to Variety, all of the injured staff were treated for burn injuries, with the incident occurring towards the end of a filming day.
Gladiator (2000) was one of the most loved films of that year, with fans having to wait a long time for the sequel.
Paul Mescal will play the leading role in the new film alongside Denzel Washington.
However, Russel Crowe, who played the lead character of Maximus Decimus Meridius in the original movie, confirmed earlier this year he would not be returning.
While Mescal has big boots to fill, he has spoken previously about how 'proud' he feels to take on the role.
"It’s an intimidating feat. It’s something I’m nervous about but something I feel like I can do," the actor said.
"And I’m so proud I get to make it."
The Gladiator sequel currently has a release date of 22 November, 2024.