One person died and two were injured on Thursday (January 29) when a ceiling collapsed on the set in Taiwan of Martin Scorsese's upcoming film "Silence," the production said.

The three were working as contractors to reinforce a building on the Central Motion Picture Corporation (CPMC) Studios lot that had been deemed unsafe for production when the accident happened, a crew member of the production said.

"We had structural engineers check out the set two weeks ago. They told us they had some safety concerns about the set of the old building and advised on how we should handle it. So the manager of the construction department hired three workers to work inside the building and five from outside to reinforce the structure. But at 10:05 a.m. (0205 GMT) today, the whole ceiling just collapsed all of sudden, from the right to the left side, the whole ceiling just caved in," Li Liang-shan told reporters.

The production did not detail the severity of the injuries.

"Silence," which is still in pre-production, is the Oscar-winning director's first theatrical film since his 2013 tale of greed and excess, "The Wolf of Wall Street".

Adapted from Japanese author Shusaku Endo's novel of the same name, "Silence" tells the story of 17th century Portuguese Jesuit missionaries who face violence and persecution in Japan.

The movie will star Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield and Adam Driver.