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Gregg Allman files suit to block biopic

Gregg Allman files suit to block biopic

ALLMAN BROTHERS: Gregg Allman wants to stop production on the biopic based on his book. Photo: Associated Press

Veteran rocker Gregg Allman is taking legal action in a bid to block production of the Allman Brothers biopic.

Last month, Allman wrote to director Randall Miller urging him to not resume work on “Midnight Rider,” based on Allman’s autobiography “My Cross To Bear,” after production assistant Sarah Jones was struck and killed by a train while working on the film in February.

Miller is yet to respond to the plea, but Allman has now filled legal documents to stop the project moving forward, claiming the option on his life story has expired.

In the lawsuit, filed against production companies Unclaimed Freight Prods. and Allman LLC, the rocker alleges principle photography needed to have begun by Feb. 28. Reports suggest Randall plans to resume filming in June in California.

The legal documents also accuse production company bosses of failing to pay Allman the money owed to him for the film option, and concludes, “Therefore, Allman requests that the Court enter an Order declaring that the Defendants’ Option has expired and directing the Defendants to cease all efforts to make a motion picture based upon the life of Gregg Allman and/or his autobiography.”

The legal action is the latest setback for the project after actor William Hurt, who was set to star as the older incarnation of Allman, backed out in April.

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