Allman Brothers legend Gregg Allman has filed a suit to stop production of a film of his life, following the death of a camera assistant during filming in February.
Actor William Hurt — who was to play Allman — has already quit the film, and Allman had sent a letter to director Randall Miller advising that he no longer wished for the film to proceed. “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.
Allman has now cited a contractual stipulation — a condition of the agreement for the rights to make a movie based on Allman’s book, My Cross To Bear — that production of the film was to have started by February 28, or the rights would expire. Allman’s suit claims that camera assistant Sarah Jones’ accidental death on February occurred during pre-production. The complaint also states that the production company shorted a check for the book rights by $9,000, further breaking the agreement.
The film, Midnight Rider, was plunged into chaos after Smith’s death in Jesup, Georgia, but recent reports indicated that filmmaker Randall Miller hoped to complete production in Los Angeles.