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'Midnight Rider' filmmakers enter not guilty plea, release first public statement

When 27-year-old camera assistant Sarah Jones was struck by a train and killed on the set of the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider in February, industry professionals hit social media to share their support for safety during filming. Months later, Midnight Rider filmmakers Randall Miller and Jody Savin were charged with involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass in the case of Jones’ death, and on Sunday, both Miller and Savin turned themselves in to Georgia’s Wayne County Police Department before posting bond. But now, Miller and Savin’s lawyer, Don Samuel, has confirmed that both Miller and Savin have pleaded not guilty in the Wayne County Superior Court.

Miller and Savin put out their first public statement today through their attorney: READ FULL STORY

'Midnight Rider' team charged with involuntary manslaughter in train wreck

A Georgia county court has charged director Randall Miller and two producers of the Gregg Allman biopic Midnight Rider with involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass following the February on-set death of 27-year-old Sarah Elizabeth Jones. “An indictment has been returned in Wayne Superior Court charging Randall Miller, Jody Savin and Jay Sedrish with involuntary manslaughter and criminal trespass,” announced Jackie L. Johnson, Brunswick Judicial Circuit district attorney, in a statement. “Involuntary manslaughter carries a potential sentence of 10 years in prison under Georgia law. Criminal trespass is a misdemeanor and carries a potential sentence of 12 months.”

Jones, a camera assistant, was killed on a train trestle during an action sequence being filmed in Wayne County, Ga., in February. Jones was hit by a speeding train, and several other crew members were injured in the accident. Production on the film was halted and has not resumed. READ FULL STORY

'Midnight Rider' accident: Gregg Allman, film's producers named in wrongful death lawsuit

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The family of Sarah Jones, the camera assistant who was killed while shooting Midnight Rider last February, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit naming several defendants, including Gregg Allman (the subject of the biopic), director Randall Miller, the movie’s producers, and the companies who own the railroad tracks where she died, Variety reports. READ FULL STORY

Report: Gregg Allman, 'Midnight Rider' producers make deal, drop lawsuit

Rocker Gregg Allman has dropped his lawsuit against Midnight Rider producers, settling on an out-of-court agreement in the aftermath of a deadly accident on the film’s set.

On Tuesday, attorneys for Allman and film director Randall Miller’s production company Unclaimed Freight Productions appeared in a Savannah court, according to the Associated Press. They told a judge that they had reached an agreement just one day after Miller gave his court testimony regarding the fatal accident. READ FULL STORY

Gregg Allman sues 'Midnight Rider' producers over the right to tell his story

Gregg Allman has issued a lawsuit against the producers of Midnight Rider, a biopic of the rocker’s life that has been thrown into turmoil following the on-set death of second camera assistant Sarah Jones. The battle concerns whether Unclaimed Freight, director Randall Miller’s production company that he runs with wife Jody Savin, still has the right to make the movie. READ FULL STORY

Gregg Allman calls for 'Midnight Rider' to shut down for good

Gregg Allman has written a personal letter to director Randall Miller, asking him to pull the plug on Midnight Rider, a biopic of the legendary rocker, after the fatal train accident that killed second-camera assistant Sarah Jones and injured six others in February. “I am writing to you as one human being to another, and appealing to you from my heart,” Allman wrote, as first reported by the The Hollywood Reporter. “I am asking you from a personal perspective not to go forward.” READ FULL STORY

'Midnight Rider': After on-set death, William Hurt withdraws from film

William Hurt has withdrawn from a bio-pic of southern rocker Gregg Allman that has been targeted with a boycott by Hollywood crew workers following the death of a camera assistant in February, his representatives tell EW.

“The show must go on” is a maxim that has been around for as long as there have been shows – a rallying call for casts and crews who lose someone in the midst of a production. But the opposite call to action – “The show must stop” — is being directed at Midnight Rider. READ FULL STORY

Facebook campaign asks for crew boycott as 'Midnight Rider' production resumes

A new Facebook campaign urging crew in the Los Angeles area to boycott work on Midnight Rider has launched just days after news broke that the film would resume production, following an on-set train crash that killed assistant camera operator Sarah Jones in February. READ FULL STORY

Report: William Hurt talks 'Midnight Rider' death on set

Midnight Rider star William Hurt – who will play musician Gregg Allman in the upcoming biopic – had reservations about shooting on a railway trestle, the site of an accident that killed a crew member in February as the movie was filming in Georgia.

Hurt said he had concerns about shooting on the historic Doctortown Railroad Trestle in Wayne County, Ga., telling a friend in an email obtained by the Los Angeles Times, that he had been “twice assured” that the area was deemed safe for production. According to the email, he then asked, “how long the crew had to get off if by some impossible chance another train came.” The answer Hurt received? Approximately 60 seconds.

“I said, ‘Sixty seconds is not enough time to get us off this bridge.’ There was a communal pause. No one backed me up. Then, we ….. Just went ahead. I took off my shoes, got on the heavy, metal hospital bed and began preparing,” wrote the Hellgate actor. The train arrived and then, shared Hurt, “we didn’t have sixty seconds. We had less than thirty.”

Hurt did not respond to EW’s request for comment.

The accident resulted in the injury of six crew members, who were in the midst of filming a dream sequence on the railroad tracks when the train unexpectedly crossed the bridge. Assistant camera operator Sarah Jones, 27, was struck and killed.

The incident is under investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the National Transportation Safety Board, the Federal Railroad Administration and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. But Midnight Rider producers did not secure the proper credentials and permission to film on the trestle, reports the LA Times, and Wayne County Sheriff John Carter has said there was no railroad representative on site to further secure the area.

Production on the film – directed by Randall Miller and based on the Gregg Allman biography My Cross to Bear – was suspended shortly after the Feb. 20 accident.

REPORT: Gregg Allman biopic 'Midnight Rider' suspends production after fatal train accident

Production on Midnight Rider, a biopic about rock guitarist Gregg Allman, has been suspended following a tragic train accident last Thursday which left one crew member dead and several others injured, multiple outlets are reporting.

In a statement obtained by Variety, production company Film Allman, LLC  confirmed the suspension: “In light of the tragic loss, we have decided to put the production of Midnight Rider on hold.”

Second camera assistant Sarah Elizabeth Jones, 27, was struck and killed by a train as she helped stage a scene for the film on train tracks near Savannah, GA on Feb. 20. Jones and other staff employed by Open Road Films and Georgia-based production company Meddin Studios were gathered on the tracks on the first day of production when a train operated by CSX Transportation en route from Memphis to Savannah unexpectedly arrived and fatally struck Jones. Approximately seven others were injured, according to Wayne County authorities.

Director Randall Miller’s production company Unclaimed Freight Productions has not responded to multiple requests for comment. A Los Angeles-based publicist for the company released a message of condolences Friday, stating, “All of us on the production team are devastated by the tragic accident that happened today. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of our crew member.”

A online petition to include Jones, a South Carolina native, in Sunday’s Oscars Memoriam tribute has earned nearly 38,000 signatures as of Thursday morning. Friends and family of Jones — who worked as a crew member on shows like Army Wives – offered condolences, photos and memories of the young woman on a Facebook page titled “Slates for Sarah.”

“She was an awesome person,” camera assistant Tony Summerlin said of Jones in an interview with the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “She was very organized. She was really great.”

Summerlin and Jones were  in the process of assembling a “dream sequence” with the use of a hospital bed on the tracks, said Summerlin. A meeting had been held to review safety, Summerlin told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, but he was not aware of whether a permit had been secured on the tracks.

“As a camera person you don’t show up and ask, ‘where’s the permit?’ You’re trying to make a movie,” he said. “You’re thinking safety but you’re thinking that’s someone else’s job.”

Two trains had passed by the crew during their work on the sequence, Summerlin confirmed.  Then a third train appeared, “going full speed.”

“It seemed like it took half a mile to stop,” he said of the train. “We were running. She said, ‘I can’t carry all this stuff.’ I said, ‘Throw it. Throw it down.’”

But Jones was unable to move in time, said Summerlin, who shared that the two were “face to face up to the last second.”

An investigation of the incident is currently being conducted by the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office.

Open Road Films still plans to distribute the  film domestically, EW can confirm, starring lead actress Eliza Dushku. Actors  Tyson Ritter and William Hurt will play Allman in his younger and present-day incarnations, respectively.

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