Gregg Allman Asks Biopic Director To Stop Production

The production of the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider was halted earlier this year following the tragic death of crew member Sarah Jones. The film's director and producers are looking to pick up production of Midnight Rider according to multiple reports, which led to actor William Hurt quitting the film and Gregg Allman to pen a letter asking director Randall Miller not to proceed.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Allman's letter started, “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.” Gregg excitement about the film has quickly waned following Jones's death, “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 20 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,” Allman wrote.

We've got to agree with Gregg here and hope the film's director and producers do the right thing.

[via Hollywood Reporter / Hat Tip -]

[Published on: 4/25/14]

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