'Midnight Rider' Producers Plan on Restart Filming

Midnight Rider's filmmakers plan on restarting production and suing their insurance company.

The controversial feature film 'Midnight Rider' may restart production, even though the death of camera assistant Sarah Jones and involuntary manslaughter charges have left a dark cloud over the movie. The director Randall Miller, producers Jody Savin and Jay Sedrish are facing involuntary manslaughter charges. Filming came to a screeching halt after 27 year old camera assistant, Sarah Jones was killed when debris from a collision between a freight train and a mental hospital bed caused her to fall onto the tracks and be killed. Filming for the feature film has closed down and since then led to several legal actions including criminal charges against the lead filmmakers. According to, the Film Allman company has filed suit against their insurance company, New York Marine for over a million dollars in order to continue to filming 'Midnight Rider'.
“This action arises from New York Marine’s bad faith refusal to honor its obligations to pay for losses incurred by Film Allman, its insured,” says the 12-page breach-of-contract suit. “Following a fatal on-set accident, which also resulted in injuries to several of the film’s crew members and director, Film Allman was forced to shut down and then restart the production, incurring losses in excess of $1.6 million,” the complaint, filed on August 12, adds (read it here). The suit asks for a jury trial to decide the case.
According to the filing, Randall Miller suffered physical injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder from the incident. The complaint goes on to say that Miller has become "physically and psychologically unable to continue filming for several months following the accident." Despite the filmmakers plans to continue filming, they may have a hard time finding the crew willing to work on the feature film. In April, union members called for a mass boycott to the 'Midnight Rider' movie. It led to a massive Facebook group of over 12,000 crew members calling for the end of movie's production. What do you think? Discuss this story with fellow Project Casting fans on Facebook. On Twitter, follow us at @projectcasting.

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