‘Midnight Rider’: Open Road Asserts It’s Been Sued ‘Without Justification’

Midnight Rider Doctortown Trestle Sarah Jones
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Open Road Films, the distributor for the stalled “Midnight Rider” biopic, has asserted it should not have been sued by the family of the late Sarah Jones.

“This event was a horrible tragedy and our deepest condolences go out to the Jones family, the crew members and others who have suffered,” said a spokesperson for Open Road Films. “Open Road Films was not involved in the production in any way at any time and we have been named in this suit without justification.”

The statement was issued several hours after the suit was filed in Georgia against the film’s director, producers, some of its crew, Gregg Allman, distributor Open Road and the companies that own the railroad tracks and surrounding land. The suit, which also includes charges of negligence, asks for unspecified damages for Jones’ death and pain and suffering, plus punitive damages.

SEE ALSO: ‘Midnight Rider’ Victim’s Family Files Massive Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Open Road came on board last year to handle U.S. distribution. The Exchange launched foreign sales last fall at the American Film Market.

Jones died on Feb. 20, just minutes into the first day of shooting of the Gregg Allman biopic. The crew was shooting a dream sequence in which a hospitalized Gregg Allman sees his dead brother Duane on a bridge.

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  1. thomshep2013 says:

    Well we assert that Open Road Films should not have put the full support of direct distribution to their parent companies Regal Cinema’s and AMC Theaters, or their distribution deal with Netflix, behind a known reckless production company, Unclaimed Freight Productions.

    They were continuing to support them even after the tragedy.

    That is what has no justification.

  2. Lisa says:

    ‘Without justification’? A woman died because someone barked at her to save the equipment and by going ahead and filming without proper permission. They caused her death.

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