Filming on the upcoming Hulu/Star Original series, “Saint X” has run into difficulties as according to Deadline, several crew members including the key grip and members of the electric unit have walked off the set in the Dominican Republic last Friday.
The US crew members that walked off the set did so because they were not compensated correctly for overtime after reaching 12 hours of work a day. According to sources close to the workers, the studio was paying them 1.5 their rate until the 14-hour mark which they claim violated many of the crew’s contracts.
Producers on the show tried to keep filming going, but this was impossible as the main film lights were switched to houselights and the crew members involved in the dispute picked up their equipment and left. Those technicians subsequently were fired.
The series is being produced by ABC Signature Studios and a Disney TV spokesperson told Deadline that a number of employees were let go after “walking off the job, forcing filming to stop,” and added that they will be replaced with other U.S. union members.
It’s not clear when filming will resume, but it’s expected to start up again later this week.
“Saint X” is based on Alexis Schaitkin’s 2020 novel and is a psychological drama told via multiple timelines and perspectives that explores the girl-gone-missing genre. It’s a show about how a young woman’s mysterious death during a Caribbean vacation creates a traumatic ripple effect that eventually pulls her surviving sister into a dangerous pursuit of the truth.
This series is going to star Josh Bonzie (The Politician), Jayden Elijah (School’s Out Forever), Victoria Pedretti (The Haunting of Bly Manor) and West Duchovny (The Magicians).