Gregg Allman is headed to court in order to bring an end to his life story -- at least on film.
Allman has filed suit in Los Angeles against Unclaimed Freight Productions, the company making the "Midnight Rider" biopic based on his memoir "My Cross to Bear," to stop production on the movie in the wake of an on-set accident February 20 in Georgia that took the life of crew member Sarah Jones and injured several others. Allman published a public letter last week to director Randall Miller asking him to halt production.
Allman's suit contends that because production on the film started late, after a contracted February 28 deadline, it made the agreement null and void. The complaint also claims that Unclaimed Freight has not yet paid fully for the rights to his story, claiming the producers still owe him $9,000 of the agreed-upon fee. The suit claims Allman has an option to withdraw his consent and asks the court to order Unclaimed Freight "to cease all efforts to make a motion picture based upon the life of Gregg Allman and/or his autobiography." A hearing is set for May 12 to consider a temporary restraining order.
The film is the subject of an industry boycott, while William Hurt, who co-stars as the older Allman, has quit the project. Allman is currently recuperating from a broken wrist that forced him to cancel the final shows of his Australian tour.