Friday, July 4, 2014

Gregg Allman biopic producers charged with manslaughter in crew death

Randall Miller, the director of the troubled Gregg Allman biopic “Midnight Rider,” and two of the film’s producers have been indicted on involuntary manslaughter charges following a fatal train crash on the film’s Georgia set which led to the death of camera assistant Sarah Jones.

Billboard reports a grand jury charged Miller, producer Jody Savin and executive producer Jay Sedrish on Thursday with involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass and each could face 10 years in prison, according to a statement from the Brunswick Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s office.

Seven other crew members were injured in the incident, which took place in February and is reported to have taken place while filming a dream sequence that involved a bed being placed on the railway tracks.

Production on the film was shut down following the tragic incident, and has yet to resume.

Based on Allman’s 2012 biography “My Cross To Bear”, “Midnight Rider” tells the story of Gregg's journey from struggling artist through the formation and subsequent success of The Allman Brothers Band, which saw the musician succumb to the excesses of rock 'n' roll.

Lead actor William Hurt – who was to play the present day version of the rock legend – backed out of the project. The film was also scheduled to star Tyson Ritter - the lead singer/songwriter of the All American Rejects – as a young Gregg Allman, and Wyatt Russell as his brother Duane.

See also:

Gregg Allman cancels solo tour after being hospitalized
Allman Brothers expand At Fillmore East into new box set
Allman Brothers Band announce final live shows
Gregg Allman biopic producers face wrongful death lawsuit
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