“CBGB” filmmakers now working on Gregg Allman biopic

Hollywood Reporter broke the news a couple of days ago with Gregg Allman Music Biopic in the Works From ‘CBGB’ Filmmakers (Exclusive).

From that piece:

The filmmakers behind the upcoming music-themed feature CBGB are aiming to keep the rock flame alive with a biopic on Gregg Allman.

Randall Miller and Jody Savin have picked up the rights to My Cross to Bear, Allman’s New York Times best-selling memoir co-written with Alan Light.

Savin and Miller will write the screenplay for the movie, and Miller will direct. The duo will produce via their Unclaimed Freight banner along with their music biz partner Brad Rosenberger.

Allman has had an extraordinary life — from phenomenal success as a musician to multiple marriages, including to Cher, and personal tragedy with the deaths of his brother Duane and bandmate Berry Oakley.

CBGB is moving ahead in post-production, and several official posters have been released. So it looks like the film will be released later this year sometime.

As with any movie news, there’s an element of uncertainty in all this. Miller and Savin have previously been slated to make Caribou , the story of Caribou Records that I posted about in January, and The Drummer, a biopic about Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson, which was slated to star Rupert Grint. Given the vanishing entry on IMDB, it seems like The Drummer is dead. Caribou has possibly just been delayed.

It’s obviously too early to know if the Gregg Allman pic will shoot in Savannah, but Allman lives in the area much of the year and the filmmakers have a history here.

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