Saturday, February 24, 2024

“Rust” Never Sleeps: Alec Baldwin Making Another Low Budget B Movie in Small Town 3 Months After Halyna Hutchins Death


“Rust” never sleeps.

On the set of a low budget movie shot in a small town back on October 21st, the cinematographer was accidentally shot dead by the star.

The movie was “Rust,” the star was Alec Baldwin, and the dead woman was Halyna Hutchins. Production was cancelled, Hutchins left a 9 year old son, and Baldwin ran around fighting with people in Vermont.

Three and a half months later, Baldwin is back to work. This time it’s another low budget movie shooting in the hinterlands of England, a village called Alton in the district of Hampshire. The movie is called 97 Minutes, and you’ve never heard of the producers, the director, or the screenwriter. No one has. Can there be a big payday here? Unlikely? Will there be guns? “97 Minutes” is about a hijacked plane. No other cast or crew has been listed. The movie is budgeted for a meager $7 million.

We only know this because Alec went for a walk in Alton on a gray, cold looking,rainy Sunday and shot a video while expounding on small town life.

Here’s the description of the movie: A hijacked 767 will crash in just 97 minutes when its fuel runs out. Against the strong will of NSA Deputy Toyin, NSA Director Hawkins prepares to have the plane shot down before it does any catastrophic damage on the ground, leaving the fate of the innocent passengers in the hands of Tyler, one of the alleged hijackers on board who is an undercover Interpol agent – or is he?

 And life, you see, goes on. (PS If I’d been stuck in a house with six kids under the age of 10 for 90 days, I’d take a small budget movie anywhere. I mean that in the best way.)

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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