Natalie Portman's planned Apple TV+ series Lady in the Lake has halted production as a result of threats and extortion attempts from various Baltimore residents.
Around 4 p.m. on Friday, when the crew was recording in downtown Baltimore, several individuals approached them.
A police representative informed The Baltimore Banner that the gang made many threats and threatened to shoot someone if the company didn't cease filming.
The offenders said that as long as they received payment, nothing would happen.
The Banner claims that drug dealers then tried to extort $50,000 from the production, but the directors and producers refused to comply.
Instead, it was agreed to put a stop to production until a new location could be identified.
The limited series, which is directed and co-written by Alma Har'el, is set in 1960s Baltimore.
An unsolved murder compels housewife and mother Maddie Schwartz (played by Portman) to reinvent herself as an investigative journalist.