Gregg Allman Pleads for ‘Midnight Rider’ Biopic To Stop Filming with William Hurt’s Departure
The Hollywood Reporter says that Allman sent his request via a personal note to Miller amid reports the director was ready to resume shooting the film in Los Angeles.
In late February, camera assistant Sarah Jones was killed on set, struck by a train while filming on a narrow trestle bridge in Georgia. Production on the film was suspended while local and national authorities investigated her death.
“I am writing to you as one human being to another, and appealing to you from my heart,” Allman said in his letter. “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 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."
Allman continues by asking the director to cease production of the film out of respect for Jones.
“Your desires as a filmmaker should not outweigh your obligations as a human being," he says. "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.”