Film producer Richard Brick died on Wednesday (02Apr14) at the age of 68. Brick is most famous for his work with Woody Allen, producing three of the director's films, Deconstructing Harry, Celebrity and Sweet and Lowdown.
He also worked on 1991 comedy Hangin' with the Homeboys, Johnny Depp's 1993 film Arizona Dream and erotic thriller Caught in 1996.
Brick was an official at the Directors Guild of America for more than a decade, commissioner of the New York City's Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting from 1992 to 1994 and a film professor at Columbia University in the Big Apple.
Directors Guild of America President Paris Barclay says, "As a former New York City film commissioner, Richard had a unique perspective about the needs of our members within the broader entertainment community... Our thoughts are with his family and friends."
Brick's cause of death was not known as WENN went to press.
The Hollywood actor is currently filming the sci-fi sequel in Manhattan along with co-stars Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Brolin.
Smith spends his free time on set in a huge double-decker mobile home, which has been parked in the city's SoHo district as he shoots scenes for the upcoming blockbuster. The trailer is set over two floors and features a cinema, a lounge bar, offices, a meeting room, a full-sized kitchen, as well as a large bedroom and bathroom, and measures a massive 53 feet (16 metres) in length.
Smith also has another trailer on site which houses his full-sized gym.
The sizable structure has infuriated residents in the neighbourhood, who claim the trailer is causing disruption.
Myrna Reisman, 62, who lives close to where the trailer has been parked, tells the New York Post, "It's ridiculous! I've lived here 26 years, and I've never seen anything this size. This thing is like a duplex. How would Will Smith feel if I parked that thing out in front of his house? People forget this is a residential neighborhood, not a film lot."
Another neighbour, Brigette Moreno, 22, adds, "It looks bigger than my apartment! The smell that comes along with it is disgusting. It's like living in a gas station. I really like Will Smith, but I would be embarrassed if that was my trailer. A little modesty goes a long way."
City officials have confirmed cops are working with the production team to ensure parking restrictions are not violated by the crew's vehicles, with Julianne Cho, an associate commissioner of the Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting, insisting no rules have been broken. She says, "NYPD supervisors and officers assigned to the set from the Movie/TV Unit are on hand to ensure a production's parking is in compliance with its permit."
While a representative for Sony Pictures Entertainment, the studio behind the movie, adds, "We know we are guests in the neighbourhoods where we film, and are always respectful of the area residents and businesses."
A number of high profile movies have been shot in the DUMBO - Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass - neighbourhood in recent months, including New Year's Eve, with Robert De Niro, Hilary Swank and Sarah Jessica Parker, and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, featuring Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock.
Residents have now lodged official complaints about the shoots, accusing film crews of hogging parking spots and restricting access to the roads around the area.
Gus Sheha of the DUMBO Neighborhood Foundation, tells the New York Post, "It's impossible to find a parking spot these days, between the streets being ripped up and all the filming."
Doreen Gallo, who leads the DUMBO Neighborhood Alliance, adds, " Residents love that their neighbourhood is filmed, but they just don't seem to like it when it's actually going on."
Gallo's group has filed an official request with the Mayor's Office of Film, Theatre and Broadcasting asking staff to limit the number of future production shoots in the neighbourhood.
A city spokeswoman tells the publication that "rest periods for streets within neighbourhoods are determined on a case-by-case basis" and "part of DUMBO is currently undergoing a rest period".