The filming of the Gregg Allman biopic “Midnight Rider” took a tragic turn in February, when camera assistant Sarah Jones was killed in a train accident during filming. While reports have said that filming will start up again in June, Allman has asked the film’s director to not resume filming and end the project completely.
In an exclusive from The Hollywood Reporter, Allman wrote a letter to director Randall Miller stating, “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.”
Allman also expressed that while the idea of a film about his life was exciting to him at the beginning of the film’s production, after the death of Jones he feels “to continue production would be wrong.”
It will be interesting to see if Allman’s letter will lead to the end of “Midnight Rider.” At the very least, you have to admire Allman’s compassion toward Jones, her family and the entire crew that was there the day of that tragic train accident.