Man Dies on Set of Martin Scorsese's Latest Film

The famed director's new film Silence is in pre-production in Taiwan

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An accident on the Taiwan set of Martin Scorsese‘s most recent movie has killed one worker and injured two others.

Chen Yu-lung died Thursday after scaffolding he was trying to dismantle collapsed on top of him, the Taipei City Fire department told the country’s Central News Agency. The others were hospitalized with leg and head injuries.

Scorsese’s latest directorial effort, Silence, is in pre-production at Taiwan’s Chinese Culture and Movie Center Studios. The film is slated for release in 2016 and stars Liam Neeson and Andrew Garfield as 17th century Jesuit priests working in Japan.

“An existing structure on the CMPC backlot had been deemed unsafe by the production, and accordingly a third-party contractor was hired to reinforce and make it safe prior to any production-related work commencing in this building,” a spokesman told Deadline Hollywood of the tragedy. “Sadly, during this process, the ceiling collapsed, resulting in the death of one of the contractor’s employees and injuries to two others.

“Everyone is in shock and sorrow and expresses their deepest concern and sympathy to the families of the individual who died and those who were injured.”

Scorsese, 72, is currently in Taiwan, but it is not known whether he was on the lot when the accident occurred, according to the Associated Press.

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