BOZEMAN — Production of the film “Rust” starring Alec Baldwin will resume at the Yellowstone Film Ranch in Park County, according to the Montana Film Office.
The move comes after Baldwin allegedly fired a prop gun that killed director of photography Halyna Hutchins in October 2021 during filming on set near Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Montana Film Commisioner Allison Whitmer confirmed with MTN News on Thursday that the production is relocating to the Yellowstone Film Ranch.
Baldwin had been facing up to five years in prison on a charge of involuntary manslaughter. On Monday, the Santa Fe district attorney dropped the gun enhancement charge in both Baldwin’s case and the case of armorer Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, also charged with involuntary manslaughter. Gutierrez-Reed was in charge of ensuring the gun did not contain live rounds.
Both Baldwin and Gutierrez-Reed are now facing 18 months in jail and a $5,000 fine.
The Yellowstone Film Ranch was completed in June 2020. It features a western-style backlot in Paradise Valley that is styled after a late-1800s gold rush town, as well as a production office for rent in downtown Livingston.
Credits for films shot at the ranch include “Murder at Yellowstone City” and “The Old Way,” starring Nicolas Cage.
UPDATE, Feb. 23, 2023, 10:00 a.m. MST: This story has been updated to include confirmation from the Montana Film Office.