Project based on biography 'My Cross to Bear'
Shooting on biopic “Midnight Rider: The Gregg Allman Story” has been set to start in January in Georgia.
The Exchange will launch international sales next week at the American Film Market.
The project, first unveiled at Cannes in May, is being produced by Unclaimed Freight Productions’ Randall Miller and Jody Savin. The film is based on “My Cross To Bear,” Allman’s 2012 autobiography of the same name.
Allman is exec producing along with his manager, Michael Lehman. Miller will direct from a script he co-wrote with Savin. Open Road Films will handle U.S. distribution of the movie.
Story will focus on two of the defining chapters of Allman’s life — the formation of The Allman Brothers Band, which saw massive success in the early 1970s with Allman as lead singer and keyboardist, and his overcoming drug and alcohol abuse.
“Midnight Rider” was one of the band’s first successful songs. His brother Duane, widely regarded as one of the finest blues guitarists, died in a motorcycle crash in 1971 and bassist Berry Oakley died a year later in another motorcycle accident — both in Macon, Ga.
Allman struggled with drugs throughout much of his life before becoming sober in the mid-1990s. He underwent a liver transplant in 2010 and continues to perform at the age of 65.
Filmmakers plan to use original Allman Brothers tracks in the film and re-recorded performances by the actor/musicians.