Three crew members from the production of French comedy “Serial (Bad) Weddings 3” died in a car accident on April 23. A fourth crew member is currently in critical condition. The events were first reported by local newspaper La Nouvelle Republique.
The three crew members — whose names are still unknown but who are aged 19, 47 and 49 — were on their way back from filming in Châtellerault in western France, where the production was supposed to shoot for four days, according to Le Parisien.
The accident occurred at around 9 p.m. on a regional road where the crew members’ car collided head-on with another vehicle that was in the wrong lane trying to overtake the car in front of it, per Le Parisien.
The driver of the car, a craftsman in his 30’s, was found to have been over the legal blood alcohol limit when he hit the crew members’ car. He’s been placed under a formal investigation.
Filming on “Serial (Bad) Weddings 3” was suspended for a week and restarted on April 29. Cast members, including Elodie Fontan, paid tribute to the deceased crew members on social media. “Restarting with a heavy heart. So difficult. Courage and thoughts to their families,” Fontan wrote on Instagram.
The movie is the third instalment of the smash hit comedy franchise with Chantal Lauby, Christian Clavier and Ary Abittan. The release date of “Serial (Bad) Weddings 3” has not yet been announced.
The first “Serial (Bad) Weddings” film grossed $107 million at the French box office. The film is being produced by Romain Rojtman for Les Films du 24 and UGC Images.