Gregg Allman Begs Midnight Rider Director Not to Resume Filming
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 04.26.2014
Allman doesn't want the film to go forward anymore...
THR reports that Gregg Allman, founding member of the rock group The Allman Brothers Band, is now urging director Randall Miller not to proceed with production on the biopic Midnight Rider after the tragic death of camera assistant Sarah Jones. Allman recently sent Miller a personal letter asking him not to continue the film amid reports that the director was looking to resume shooting in Los Angeles.
The film is based on Allman's own best-selling autobiography, My Cross to Bear. In his letter, Allman wrote, "I am writing to you as one human being to another, and appealing to you from my heart. I am asking you from a personal perspective not to go forward."
Allman continued: "When the idea of you producing the film first came about, I was genuinely excited about the possibility of sharing my story with fans around the world. Unfortunately, all of that changed for me on Feb. 20 of this year," he wrote. "While there may have been a possibility that the production might have resumed shortly after that, the reality of Sarah Jones' tragic death, the loss suffered by the Jones family and injuries to the others involved has led me to realize that for you to continue production would be wrong."
He added: "Your desires as a filmmaker should not outweigh your obligations as a human being. I am asking you to do the right thing and to set aside your attempts to resume the production out of respect for Sarah, her family and the loss that all of us feel so deeply."
Jones passed away when she was struck by a train during filming on a narrow trestle bridge in Doctortown, Georgia. Her death is currently being investigated by local and national authorities. Miller suspended production in the wake of the accident. Actor William Hurt, who was set to play Allman, was on set when the accident occurred. He's already removed himself from the project.