Bruce Willis movie films in Las Cruces; 1st NM production since Alec Baldwin’s prop gun shooting
(Editor's note: Scroll through the video player above for ABC-7's full interview with the film's director.)
LAS CRUCES, New Mexico -- A movie with Bruce Willis called "Knight" will be filming in Las Cruces over the next several days, the director of the motion picture confirmed to ABC-7 on Tuesday.
"It's been a fantastic process developing it with the city of Las Cruces," said Edward Drake, the film's director. "We are proud to be in this part of the world."
The crew was already at work filming a bank robbery scene in downtown Las Cruces at midday Tuesday, although Drake told ABC-7 that Willis had not yet arrived on set. A knowledgeable source told ABC-7 that Willis was expected to be in Las Cruces for filming on Thursday.
The director originally called the movie "4th Knight." But in a news release following the interview, the New Mexico State Film Office announced that "Knight" is a story about a "seasoned cop who foils a robbery and must save his
The filmmaking effort will employ 50 crew members, 10 principal actors, and 200 background actors, all from New Mexico, according to the release.
It is the first movie to be filmed in New Mexico since production was halted on the western movie "Rust" in Santa Fe last week following a deadly shooting involving actor Alec Baldwin's use of a prop gun.
"Some very tragic circumstances happened in Santa Fe, so we are even more cognizant of safety protocols," Drake said. "The number one metric I have for ensuring that a film is successful is if everyone can go home at night to their families safe and sound."