Movie Ruminations

Gregg Allman asks for filming not to resume on biopic, ‘Midnight Rider’

gregg allmanFounder of iconic Southern Rock band The Allman Brothers Band, Gregg Allman has sent a letter to Randall Miller, director of Midnight Rider, asking him not to resume filming after the tragic death of camera assistant Sarah Jones.  Jones was accidentally killed on set on February 20, 2014.  Allman sent the letter after word that Miller was looking to resume filming in L.A.

This letter also comes as William Hurt dropped out of the production earlier this week.  Hurt was to play an older version of Allman and was on set when Jones was killed.

Here are some excerpts from Allman’s letter, originally reported by The Hollywood Reporter:

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 Feb. 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.

While I can understand Allman’s desire to halt production on the film, it seems to me that the film itself would be more of a tribute to Jones.  If the film isn’t finished and seen by the movie going public, it seems to me that she would have died in vain, working on something that people won’t be able to view and appreciate.

Personally, I feel the film should be finished and made a fitting tribute to Sarah Jones.  Have a listen to Midnight Rider, one of the greatest Southern Rock songs ever recorded, below.



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