AceShowbiz - Nicolas Cage's in-production movie, "The Sorcerer's Apprentice", made headline after a filming of car chase sequence went awry. The filming accident, which caused two bystanders to suffer minor injuries, occurred Monday, May 4, shortly before 1 A.M. at the Sbarro at 47th Street and Seventh Avenue Street when one of the cars used in the chase sequence suddenly careened into a pizza parlor.
In a video posted on the New York Post site, it can be seen that before the accident took place, the crew were filming an action scene which required a Ferrari to pass several vehicles in pursuit of a Mercedes along the closed-to-traffic Seventh Avenue. While the action unfolded, the Ferrari lost control and mounted the sidewalk before then crashing into the window of an outlet of an Italian restaurant chain.
The two people injured were a 23-year-old man and a 21-year-old woman, though the stunt man driver wasn't. British tourist Mark Watkins, who was stationed atop bleachers at the new TKTS booth, told the New York Post, "One lady was knocked to the ground and a lamppost landed directly on top of a chap." Both were taken to Bellevue Hospital with injuries that did not appear to be life threatening.
A spokesman for producer Jerry Bruckheimer Films afterward issued statement over the victims' conditions. "On site production medics responded immediately and two pedestrians were taken to the hospital for evaluation. One person has been released and while we were told the second person was also released we have not been able to confirm that," said the rep. "All safety regulations were followed and second unit filming will continue as planned."
Based on the popular "Sorcerer's Apprentice" segment in Disney's animated film "Fantasia", "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" will tell the story of an apprentice, played by Jay Baruchel, who is left to tend to a magic workshop when his sorcerer master, portrayed by Nicolas Cage, leaves it in his hands. Trying to make his job easier he gets a broomstick to do the chores for him, but he finds himself in trouble when the broom develops a mind of its own. This Jon Turteltaub-directed film is set for U.S. release on July 16, 2010.
Video of "The Sorcerer's Apprentice" Car Crash Accident: