'L.A.'s Finest' Production Halted, Showrunners Hospitalized After On-Set Accident
Brandon Margolis and Brandon Sonnier were injured during filming on the procedural, a spinoff of the 'Bad Boys' movie franchise starring Jessica Alba and Gabrielle Union.
A stunt gone wrong led to an accident on the set of L.A.’s Finest and resulted in the show's co-creators sustaining injures on Thursday, The Hollywood Reporter can confirm.
Co-showrunners Brandon Margolis and Brandon Sonnier were taken to separate L.A. hospitals. Margolis was taken to San Pedro Peninsula and discharged on Thursday, according to a hospital spokesperson. Sonnier was taken to Harbor-UCLA and then transferred to the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Westwood, according to a Harbor-UCLA spokesperson.
"Our hearts go out to our SPT family members who were injured and we pray for a full recovery,” Sony Pictures Television President Jeff Frost and co-Presidents Chris Parnell and Jason Clodfelter said in a statement.
The accident happened around 1:30 p.m. local time at the adjoining Warehouse One and U.S. Water Taxi filming location at the Port of Los Angeles in San Pedro, a spokesperson for FilmLA, the regional film office for Los Angeles, confirmed to THR. During a stunt driving sequence, a vehicle collided with a set object, leading to the injury.
Production was canceled for Friday as a result.
Cal/OSHA, the state's workplace safety agency, has opened an investigation into the accident.
"Cal/OSHA was notified Thursday by Mesquite Productions and L.A. Port Police of a workplace accident on the set of L.A.'s Finest in San Pedro," spokesperson Luke Brown told THR. "Cal/OSHA opened up an inspection of the employer on record, Mesquite Productions."
The shoot was scheduled to run through Friday, with the location permit not extended beyond that point. It's unclear when filming will resume.
The Charter and Sony Pictures Television procedural is a spinoff of the Bad Boys movie franchise and stars Jessica Alba and Gabrielle Union. The series films in Los Angeles and will air on Spectrum.
Spectrum issued a statement on Friday afternoon in response to the incident. "We are saddened by this incident and send our most heartfelt wishes to our two beloved crew members, hoping their recovery is both swift and complete," said Katherine Pope, head of originals, in a statement.
Margolis and Sonnier inked a two-year pact with Sony TV to develop new projects for all platforms for the studio last year.
L.A.'s Finest, a spinoff of Bad Boys II, follows Syd Burnett (Union), who was last seen in Miami taking down a drug cartel and who has left her complicated past behind to become an LAPD detective. She is paired with a new partner, Nancy McKenna (Alba), a working mom with an equally complex past, and the two women find common ground when it comes to taking on the most dangerous criminals in L.A.
The cast also includes Ernie Hudson, Zach Gilford, Duane Martin and Ryan McPartlin.
L.A.'s Finest hails from Sony, Jerry Bruckheimer TV, Primary Wave and 2.0 Entertainment. Pam Veasey, Brandon Sonnier, Brandon Margolis, Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, KristieAnne Reed, Jeff Gaspin, Jeff Morrone, Doug Belgrad, Union, Alba and Anton Cropper are executive producers.
Deadline was first to report the accident and injured parties.
Alexandra Del Rosario contributed to this report.
Feb. 22, 12 p.m. Updated to include the names of the injured parties.
12:45 p.m. Updated with Spectrum statement.