Jason Miller, a film crew worker, was hospitalized with a spider bite while helping to dissemble the Rust movie set, where Alec Baldwin was involved in a prop gun misfire last month. 

According to Sky News, Miller was on set in New Mexico when he was bitten by a venomous brown recluse spider.

The production was “halted” the week that cinematographer Halyna Hutchins was fatally shot on set. The producers said at the time that filming was on pause “at least until the investigations are complete,” but the dissembling of the set may imply that production will not resume. 

Loved ones of Jason Miller reportedly wrote on a crowdfunding site that he has “endured multiple surgeries each day” since the incident, and that his doctors are considering amputating the affected arm. 

Jason Miller Fighting Sepsis from Spider Bite

Sky News reported that Miller, a lamp operator and pipe rigger, was helping to “wind down” the set sometime after production halted when he was bitten by a spider. 

Within days of the bite, he was hospitalized with sepsis and necrosis of the arm — the death of cells and tissue on a living body. 

According to a JustGiving page the outlet cited, Miller “has been hospitalized and endured multiple surgeries each day as doctors do their best to stop the infection and try to save his arm from amputation.”

Jason Miller, a crew member helping to take down the 'Rust' set in New Mexico, was hospitalized with a bite from a brown recluse spider. He may need his arm amputated from the resulting infection
Jason Miller, a crew member helping to take down the ‘Rust’ set in New Mexico, was hospitalized with a bite from a brown recluse spider. He may need his arm amputated from the resulting infection. Photo credit: Shutterstock

“It will be a very long road to recovery for Jason if the medical team is able to save his arm,” the page reportedly said. “If under worse circumstances he loses his arm, this is a life-changing and devastating event for Jason and his family.”

Sky News wrote that Rust producers declined to comment on the incident. 

“We do not comment on individual members of the cast and crew’s private matters,” they reportedly told the outlet. 

Safety Issues Haunt ‘Rust’ Production

Jason Miller’s spider bite marks the third hospitalization for a crew member working on the Rust set. 

Halyna Hutchins was airlifted to a hospital where she later died after Alec Baldwin fired a prop gun at her. Director Joel Souza was also hospitalized from the shooting, though he was released the next day, reports indicate. 

Alec Baldwin misfired a prop gun on the 'Rust' set, killing Halyna Hutchins. Crew member Jason Miller was hospitalized with a spider bite while taking the set apart.
Alec Baldwin misfired a prop gun on the ‘Rust’ set, killing Halyna Hutchins. Crew member Jason Miller was hospitalized with a spider bite while taking the set apart. Photo Credit: Instagram

In another incident just days before the fatal shooting, crew members told reporters there were “two [prop gun] misfires in a closed cabin.” In the same period of time was an “accidental discharge of special effects explosives,” according to Sky News

Much has been made over the histories of the crew members responsible for on-set safety, as well. 

Assistant director Dave Halls, who reportedly handed Alec Baldwin the gun that killed Halyna Hutchins, had been fired from a 2019 production for a prop gun misfire that hospitalized a crew member. 

Twenty-four-year-old armorer Hannah Gutierrez Reed, who was in charge of the film’s prop weaponry, had only worked on one film before Rust and had previously felt “nervous” about her ability to do the job. 

Hannah Gutierrez Reed, 24, was the armorer on the 'Rust' set where a prop gun Alec Baldwin held misfired and killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. Police said in a affidavit the gun was loaded with live rounds instead of blanks. Photo credit: Instagram
Hannah Gutierrez Reed, 24, was the armorer on the ‘Rust’ set where a prop gun Alec Baldwin held misfired and killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins. Police said in a affidavit the gun was loaded with live rounds instead of blanks. Photo credit: Instagram

Several members of the production team walked off set during filming, explicitly because of safety concerns. 

Lead camera operator Lane Luper reportedly quit the day before Hutchins died, citing the two earlier misfires and the special effects explosion. The day of the shooting, crew members walked off set over a lack of safety procedures. 

Future of ‘Rust’ Uncertain

As the Santa Fe Police Department’s criminal investigation into the Oct. 21 shooting continues, Rust producers have not indicated whether production will resume. 

That Jason Miller and other crew members were reportedly dissembling the movie’s set in New Mexico implies that producers have no immediate plans to resume filming. With the movie’s title now synonymous with the infamous shooting, producers may have decided to abandon Rust altogether. 

In light of the shooting — and of Jason Miller’s spider bite — have some social media commentators branding Rust as a “cursed” movie. 

“This movie was cursed in every way,” wrote “Judge” Alex Ferrer, who hosts a nationally syndicated court TV show. 

“They should make a movie about the making of this movie,” wrote another.