What Has Vampire Diaries Executive Producer Julie Plec “Disgusted and Fuming”?
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What Has Vampire Diaries Executive Producer Julie Plec “Disgusted and Fuming”?

Vampire Diaries executive producer Julie Plec is expressing outrage on Twitter when news broke that production will go ahead on Midnight Rider. Production on the Gregg Allman biopic was suspended in February after 27-year-old crew member Sarah Jones was struck by a train and killed on set. Sarah had previously been a part of the TVD crew, and her death shocked and saddened not only those who knew and worked with her, but the entire industry.

“WHY??? and NO!” and “Disgusted and fuming” Julie tweeted earlier today, along with a link to The Hollywood Reporter story reporting that Midnight Rider has plans to resume production in Los Angeles in June. A producer from Unclaimed Freight Productions, the production company making the film, contacted the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) to inform them of plans to resume the project. Pre-production is scheduled to begin in a few weeks.

In a message to its members, IATSE’s Michael F. Miller, Jr. wrote: “IATSE will require that the production comply with all deposit requirements of the Low Budget Agreement, provide proof of all required insurance and have a set medic and safety officer on location … The production has also been informed, in no uncertain terms, that the Union presence on this production will be significant.”

Sarah’s death has raised serious questions and calls for reform in industry practices for on-set safety. Additionally, an investigation has been launched into the incident. The sheriff’s office investigating Sara’s death is schedule to present its findings to the district attorney next week. From there, the two sides will decide if any charges should be filed. State and federal authorities are also investigating the incident.

The Vampire Diaries airs Thursday nights at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

Kayti Burt is a contributing writer for Wetpaint Entertainment with a penchant for all things pop culture. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!

04.16.2014 / 12:00 AM EDT by Kayti Burt
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