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Producer Gregg Allmann Drops Short-Lived ‘Midnight Rider’ Lawsuit

Producer Gregg Allmann Drops Short-Lived 'Midnight Rider' Lawsuit

UPDATED: Allman Brothers cofounder Gregg Allman tried to shut down the troubled production of the biopic of his life, “Midnight Rider,” two weeks ago. He slapped two production companies — Unclaimed Freight Prods. and Allman LLC — with a lawsuit, alleging that his life rights were no longer up for option.

Well, now, Allman has dropped the suit, which also alleged that Unclaimed Freight owed him $150,000. Tuesday morning in Chatham County (Georgia) Superior Court, attorneys informed Judge John Morse that a resolution was in sight, thus dismissing the lawsuit. 

This came a day after director Randall Miller, in Savannah, made his first public statement about the tragedy surrounding the shoot three months ago. It’s unclear whether production will resume or not, or whether criminal charges will be filed.

Elsewhere in the whack-a-mole world of industry lawsuits, Quentin Tarantino’s one against Gawker for hosting his “Hateful Eight” script is back on; and Bryan Singer is wrestling with allegations of sex abuse.

EARLIER: Gregg Allman, cofounder of the Allman Brothers Band, is trying to shut down production of Randall Miller’s ill-fated biopic “Midnight Rider.” On February 20, during pre-production in Doctortown, Georgia, camera assistant Sarah Jones, age 27, was killed and several other crew members injured by an oncoming freight train on an elevated trestle. The production has been trying to proceed in Los Angeles. William Hurt has already pulled out of starring as Allman in the movie, having raised safety concerns before the accident.

According to the LA Times, blues rocker Allman now asserts that the producers don’t have the right to tell his story in any case. He has filed a lawsuit in Savannah, Georgia against Unclaimed Freight Productions, seeking to strop the film from going forward, reports the LAT:

The complaint filed April 28 alleges producers lost their rights to film the movie after a 27-year-old camera assistant was killed in February on the first day of filming of the movie. “Midnight Rider” is based on Allman’s autobiography “My Cross to Bear,” which he wrote with Alan Light.

The production is under investigation by federal and state agencies, and Jones’ family is likely to file a wrongful death lawsuit against Unclaimed Freight. And the family and friends of Jones are calling for a crew boycott of the film.

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