UPDATE: A representative from Alcon Entertainment confirmed the tragic news to The Huffington Post in a statement on Friday that provides additional details regarding the accident in Hungary.
“A Hungarian construction worker was tragically killed during the dismantling of a movie set on a soundstage at Origo Studios this morning, it was announced by the film production company,” the statement reads.
“The worker was underneath a platform, upon which the set was constructed, when it suddenly collapsed. The cause of the accident is not yet known. The film production, the untitled sequel to ‘Blade Runner,’ was not shooting at Origo Studios at the time.”
PREVIOUSLY: A construction worker has been killed on the set of the “Blade Runner” sequel in Hungary, the film’s production company Alcon Entertainment confirmed to Mashable on Thursday.
According to the website, a piece of the set from the highly anticipated follow-up to Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi classic reportedly collapsed on the unnamed victim at Budapest’s Origo Studios.
Production for the film, which began in early July, had already wrapped in Hungary, but crew remained behind to dismantle the sets. The construction worker was apparently positioned beneath a platform when the accident occurred. An investigation into his death is expected because it is not known why the set collapsed. The Huffington Post has reached out to Alcon Entertainment and will update the post accordingly.
The “Blade Runner” sequel had long been rumored, but director Denis Villeneuve finally confirmed in 2015 that Harrison Ford would reprise his iconic role as Rick Deckard. Ryan Gosling, Jared Leto and Robin Wright are also attached to star.
The film is scheduled to open in theaters Oct. 6, 2017.