Gregg Allman has agreed to drop his two-week-old lawsuit seeking to block production of “Midnight Rider,” based on the singer’s life.
Allman had filed the suit in state court in Georgia on April 28, seeking to block the production of “Midnight Rider” from resuming. Production had stopped following the Feb. 20 death of second camera assistant Sarah Jones.
Allman had alleged in the action against the production companies Unclaimed Freight Prods. and Allman LLC that the option to his life rights had expired.
According to TV station WSAV, a motion for dismissal without prejudice was filed Tuesday morning in Chatham County Superior Court, where attorneys told Judge John Morse they were working toward a resolution.
Unclaimed Freight, operated by director Randall Miller and Jody Savin, had no comment.
Appearing at a court hearing on Monday, Miller said that other members of the crew were tasked with obtaining written permits to shoot on CSX train tracks on Feb. 20, when an oncoming freight train unexpectedly came on the rural Georgia location and struck and killed Jones and injured six crew members.
“I did not do permits, so I didn’t see the permits,” Miller said under questioning.
Allman had contended in the suit that Miller and his Unclaimed Freight Prods. no longer had the rights because principal photography wasn’t started on time and because the production failed to pay him a full $150,000.
A county prosecutor is reviewing the results of an investigation to determine if criminal charges will be filed.
It’s unclear if production will resume. On April 23, William Hurt pulled out of his starring role as an older version of Allman.
Hurt had come on board the project in early January and was on a railway bridge on Feb. 20 where the crew was filming a dream sequence involving a hospital bed on the tracks.