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Gregg Allman Sues to Stop ‘Midnight Rider’ From Resuming Production

Gregg Allman Sues to Stop 'Midnight Rider' From Resuming Production

The show must not go on, according to Gregg Allman, the musician whose life story is the subject of “Midnight Rider,” the troubled film production that saw the death of second camera assistant Sarah Jones and other on-set injuries in February. The production was temporarily halted, but the production company is gearing up to begin production again in June.

Allman filed a lawsuit last week against the production companies, Unclaimed Freight Prods. and Allman LLC, asserting that under the terms of the original option to his life rights, production on the film needed to have commenced by February 28, Variety reports.

“Defendants have unambiguously expressed their firm intentions to proceed with production of the motion picture under the Formal Option Agreement, as amended, by the beginning of June,” the complaint said.

According to Variety, a hearing has been set for May 12.

Last month, star William Hurt backed out of the production. He was present on February 20 when Jones was killed and seven others were injured during production on a railway bridge.

Allman previously requested that the production companies shut down the film.

A social media campaign had recently gotten underway to urge crew to boycott work on the film after news that the production company, Unclaimed Freight, was going to resume production on the film this June.

“This group is for people who REFUSE to work for those that shot illegally, directly causing the death of Sarah Jones. Midnight Rider is coming to LA to shoot. Let’s continue to stand up for Sarah and for Sarah’s parents. REFUSE to work on this show. Lets shut it down,” reads the description of the Facebook group created to boycott production of the film. More than 5,000 people have joined so far to support the cause. 

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