‘The Chosen One’ Producers and Netflix Comment on Actors’ Deaths
In their first public comments since two of their actors were killed, the producers of Millarworld’s comic book adaptation ‘The Chosen One’ called the tragedy “an unfortunate accident”.
Two actors from the Netflix series, an adaptation of the comic book ‘American Jesus’, were killed and six other cast or crew members were injured after the van they were traveling in crashed into the Mexican peninsula of Baja California last Thursday.
RedRum, the production company behind the show, said the band had an accident while in transit from Santa Rosalía, Baja California to the local airport, and they there were no signs that any security measures had been breached.
Local media reported that the van overturned after leaving the road on Thursday in a desert area near Mulege, southeast of Santa Rosalía.
Production was halted, according to a person with knowledge of the show who was not authorized to speak publicly.
“All of us on the production of ‘The Chosen One’ are shocked by the tragic accident,” the production company said in a statement. “We are deeply saddened by the passing of our colleagues Ray Garduño and Juan Francisco González and stand in close support of all those affected by this untold tragedy. Redrum cooperated with local authorities and initial reports and testimony indicate that all safety protocols were in place and it was an unfortunate accident.
Netflix released a brief statement on Monday, saying:
: “Our thoughts are with their loved ones and those injured in this unfortunate accident.”
The public comments from the show’s creators are the first since last week’s tragedy.
Former colleagues of the actors took to social media to commemorate them. Several posters called for an investigation into the accident. One said actors on set had complained about transportation issues, including tired drivers.
Although rare, accidents on film sets increased as production boomed and crews worked longer hours. Crews have been fighting for decades to get unions and studios to recognize the risks of long hours and traveling while tired. Crews can often work 12-14 hour days.
In 1997, assistant cameraman Brent Hershman died after falling asleep at the wheel of his car on his way home from a 19-hour day on the set of the movie “Pleasantville” in Long Beach.
“The Chosen One” was one of the latest adaptations from Netflix’s 2017 acquisition of comics company Millarworld, a deal struck to tap into demand for superhero-related content. The goal was to adapt characters from the publisher’s titles into shows, movies, and kids’ content to stream on Netflix.