Veteran rocker Gregg Allman has personally appealed to director Randall Miller to shut down production on the Allman Brothers biopic for good following the tragic onset death of a camera assistant in February (14). Sarah Jones, 27, was struck and killed by an oncoming train while shooting Midnight Rider on a railroad trestle in Wayne County, Georgia, four days before cameras were officially due to start rolling on the project.
Filming was suspended immediately after the accident, but recent reports suggest Miller is considering moving the shoot to California, so he and the cast and crew can get back to work as early as June (14).
Now Gregg Allman, who was due to be portrayed by both William Hurt and rocker Tyson Ritter in the film, has made his feelings about the future of the biopic clear by penning Miller a letter begging him to reconsider his plans to move forward with the movie.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, 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 admits he had been excited about the big screen adaptation of his autobiography My Cross to Bear, but he has since had a change of heart following Jones' death.
He 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 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."
Miller has yet to respond to Allman's note, but production has already hit another snag following Hurt's decision to pull out of the film earlier this week (begs21Apr14). The Oscar winner had expressed his concerns about safety on the Wayne County set in an email to a friend, days before Jones was killed.
The accident is still under investigation by police.
Actor William Hurt has pulled out of the Allman Brothers biopic Midnight Rider, two months after a camera assistant died while filming a train track scene in February (14). The Oscar winner, who was set to play Gregg Allman in the movie, expressed his concerns about safety on the set in Wayne County, Georgia in an email to a friend, which was obtained by the Los Angeles Times.
Days later, assistant Sarah Jones died after she was hit by an oncoming train, while trying to run for safety on the Doctortown Railroad Trestle.
Production is still on hold as local police detectives continue to investigate the tragedy. The Wayne County Sheriff's Office told the Times that Midnight Rider's producers did not have permission to film on the railway trestle, adding there was no railroad representative on the set.
Filmmakers have started to "recast some roles", according to Deadline.com.
At press time, Tyson Ritter, Wyatt Russell and Eliza Dushku were still attached to the project.
Director Randall Miller is considering moving production on his stalled Allman Brothers biopic to Los Angeles after a camera assistant was killed in a freak train accident on the set in Georgia. Sarah Jones, 27, was struck and killed by an oncoming train while shooting Midnight Rider on a railroad trestle in Wayne County in February (14), four days before cameras were officially due to start rolling on the project.
Production was suspended immediately after the tragic incident, but now Miller is making plans to get back to work and is contemplating relocating the cast and crew to California, where his production company Unclaimed Freight is based.
According to Deadline.com, filming could begin in L.A. as early as June (14).
William Hurt and Tyson Ritter signed on to portray Gregg Allman present and past in the project, and Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell's son Wyatt was cast as his brother Duane.
Meanwhile, the Georgia District Attorney is expected to meet with Wayne County Sheriff John Carter on Monday (21Apr14) to decide if any criminal charges should be filed over Jones' death.
Filming on the Allman Brothers biopic Midnight Rider is still on hold two weeks after a camera assistant was killed in a freak train accident on the set in Georgia. Sarah Jones, 27, lost her life when she failed to get out of the way of an oncoming train while shooting scenes on a railroad trestle in Wayne County on 20 February (14), four days before official filming was scheduled to start.
Director Randall Miller shut down production immediately and it is not yet known if and when filming will resume.
The shoot was expected to last five weeks.
William Hurt and Tyson Ritter signed on to portray Gregg Allman present and past in the project and Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell's son Wyatt was cast as his brother Duane.
Police officials are still investigating the accident that claimed Jones' life.
A production spokesman for the Allman Brothers biopic has spoken out about an onset tragedy, which claimed the life of an unnamed camera operator's assistant. The Midnight Rider crew member was killed in a train accident in Wayne County, Georgia on Thursday (20Feb14).
Reports suggest a train unexpectedly travelled down the tracks while the crew was carrying out camera tests for the film, killed the woman and left seven other crew members injured. Two were left with serious injuries, and transported to a local hospital.
A spokesman for the film tells WENN, "All of us on the production team are devastated by the tragic accident. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of our crew member.”
The film, based on Gregg Allman's New York Times bestselling biography My Cross To Bear, officially begins filming on Monday (24Feb14). It features William Hurt and Tyson Ritter as the older and younger Gregg Allman and Wyatt Russell as his brother Duane.
A crew member for the upcoming Allman Brothers biopic Midnight Rider was killed in a train accident in Wayne County, Georgia on Thursday (20Feb14). An unnamed woman working as a camera operator's assistant on the film was struck and killed while filming a scene on a railroad trestle.
A law enforcement official confirms to TheWrap.com that a train unexpectedly travelled down the tracks while the crew was doing camera tests for the film.
Seven other crew members were also hurt in the accident, two with serious injuries, and transported to a local hospital.
The film, based on Gregg Allman's New York Times bestselling biography My Cross To Bear, officially begins filming on Monday (24Feb14), and stars William Hurt and Tyson Ritter as the older and younger Gregg, Wyatt Russell as his brother Duane, and also features Eliza Dushku, Bradley Whitford, and Zoey Deutch.
Movie veterans Kathy Baker and Charles Dutton have joined the cast of the upcoming Allman Brothers biopic, Midnight Rider. The Saving Mr. Banks star will portray the Allmans' mother, while Alien actor Dutton has been slated to play Gregg Allman's best friend, confidant and assistant Chank Middleton.
The duo joins a cast that includes William Hurt and Tyson Ritter as the older and younger Gregg, Wyatt Russell as his brother Duane, Eliza Dushku, Bradley Whitford, Joel David Moore and Zoey Deutch.
Director Randall Miller tells WENN, "This cast is a dream come true."
The film, based on Gregg Allman's New York Times bestselling biography My Cross To Bear, will start shooting in Savannah, Georgia later this month (Feb14).
Beautiful Creatures star Zoey Deutch has landed the female lead in the upcoming Allman Brothers biopic, Midnight Rider. The young star will play a rock groupie called Mae, who became Greg Allman's love interest as his band was starting out.
She joins Tyson Ritter, Wyatt Russell and William Hurt in the Randall Miller movie.
Ritter and Hurt will both play Greg Allman in the film, while Goldie Hawn and Kurt Russell's son Wyatt will portray his brother Duane.
Director Miller tells WENN he's thrilled with the latest casting news: "Zoey's freshness and intensity blows me away. She is both young and wise. I can't wait to work with her."
Midnight Rider will be an adaptation of Gregg Allman's bestselling biography My Cross To Bear.
Oscar winner William Hurt has been aded to the cast of the upcoming Allman Brothers biopic as the older Gregg Allman. All American Rejects frontman Tyson Ritter was cast as the younger Allman at the end of last year (13), while Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn's son Wyatt will portray Duane Allman in the film.
And on Monday (06Jan14), Hollywood veteran Hurt signed on to play the current day Gregg in director Randall Miller's movie, titled Midnight Rider.
Miller tells WENN, "I am a tremendous fan of William’s work. I can’t wait to work with him."
The director's wife and screenwriter Jody Savin adds, "William Hurt actually helped start Randy’s career years ago. He made an anonymous monetary donation to Randy’s AFI thesis film. And when his identity was revealed, he even agreed to do the voice-over on the film.”
The film is based on Gregg Allman’s New York Times bestselling biography My Cross To Bear, and the blues-rocker insists the husband-and-wife filmmakers have their work cut out on the project.
He tells Rolling Stone, "The script will damn sure change, because I have veto rights over everything. Think about it, man. If you had them doing your life story on the big screen, wouldn't you want to be able to erase anything out of there that you didn’t want? I can pull the plug on it any time."
All-American Rejects frontman Tyson Ritter is a married man after exchanging vows with actress Elena Satine on New Year's Eve (31Dec13). The couple wed on the beach in Florida in front of 50 friends and family members.
Ritter alerted fans to his wedding plans on Monday night (30Dec13) by tweeting, "@ElleSatine and I have been working our butts off, and now all we have to do is wake up, and get hitched!"
As well as starting 2014 as a married man, the singer has a film career ahead of him after landing the lead in director Randall Miller's upcoming Greg Allman biopic, Midnight Rider.