Gregg Allman Calls For Director To Scrap Biopic In Light Of Tragedy
Gregg Allman has written a letter to Randall Miller, the director and executive producer of the biopic, Midnight Rider, which is based on Allman's 2012 autobiography, Cross To Bear. Allman, who also serves as a producer on the film, is urging Miller to scrap the film in the wake of the February 20th death of a camera operator, 26-year-old Sarah Jones, while on location in Georgia. The cast and crew had been shooting a dream sequence on an active railroad trestle when Jones was killed with six other crew members injured as the train flew through down the track.
A Facebook campaign is urging the shutdown of the production and last week, William Hurt -- who was to star as Allman -- quit the movie, which is reportedly gearing up to begin filming again in June. There has been no official word from Miller or his production company, Unclaimed Freight, regarding the controversy regarding the boycotts demanding a permanent shut down of the film's production.
Vintage Vinyl News posted Gregg Allman's plea to director Randall Miller to put the production permanently on ice:
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.
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 February 20th of this year. 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.
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.
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