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  posted on 4/10/2013 at 08:16 AM
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Gregg Allman Music Biopic in the Works From 'CBGB' Filmmakers (Exclusive)
5:14 PM PDT 4/9/2013 by Borys Kit

Miller and Jody Savin will write and produce an adaptation of Allman's memoir "My Cross to Bear" which Miller will direct.
The filmmakers behind the upcoming music-themed feature CBGB are aiming to keep the rock flame alive with a biopic on Gregg Allman.

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

Allman was part of the Southern rock group the Allman Brothers, whose heyday was in the '60s and '70s with such songs as "Ramblin’ Man," "Midnight Rider," "Whipping Post" and "Jessica."

Despite the success, Gregg Allman found himself beset by tragedy: His brother Duane Allman died in a motorcycle crash only two weeks after the band’s third album went gold. Less than 13 months later, bassist Berry Oakley was killed in another motorcycle accident. The hand of death followed him to his relationships: two girlfriends committed suicide after Allman broke up with them.

Allman also married six times (once to Cher) and spent years in and out of rehab.

Miller and Savin say they will focus on two fronts: Allman’s journey as a struggling artist through the formation of the Allman Brothers Band and its explosion on the music scene, and on a portrait of an older Allman as a 64-year-old man who knows he has to clean up.

“We knew it was a great story but didn’t know how great it was until we read the book,” said Miller who added that the story’s uplifting arc is what attracted the pair. “That journey and coming out the other side is not the normal falling-into-hell story that rock and roll often is.”

Savin and Miller will work closely with Gregg Allman and Michael Lehman, Allman’s manager, to make the story as authentic as possible. Allman and Lehman will serve as executive producers on the film.

The plan is to use a mix of original songs and songs performed by the actor/musicians who will be cast.

The project is likely to attract plenty of actors itching to play real-life rock personas, much like Miller and Savin’s CBGB.

CBGB, which is in post-production, tells the story of Hilly Kristal and the creation of his famed NYC bar, which ended up being at the epicenter of the punk rock movement in the late '70s. It stars Alan Rickman, Malin Akerman, Ashley Greene and Johnny Galecki, among others, and has a mix of original music and actors performing.

Miller and company were planning on following up CBGB with a movie on famed recording studio Caribou Records but couldn’t pass up the opportunity to adapt Cross to Bear. Caribou Records will now likely to be made after the Allman movie.


 
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  posted on 4/10/2013 at 08:55 AM
This might turn out to be very funny...I'm imagining the various actors in terrible wigs....the fake southern accents....will the music be the real thing...Gregg has acted...perhaps he and dickey can play themselves! This has great comedy potential....heck,maybe some of us could play ourselves as extras! Lol
 

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  posted on 4/10/2013 at 10:38 AM
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Caribou Records will now likely to be made after the Allman movie.


That statement is a grammatical error, doesn't make any sense.

 

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  posted on 4/10/2013 at 10:50 AM
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"Miller and Savin say they will focus on two fronts: Allman’s journey as a struggling artist through the formation of the Allman Brothers Band and its explosion on the music scene, and on a portrait of an older Allman as a 64-year-old man who knows he has to clean up."
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Well, luckily Gregg came to the realisation that he had to clean up many years earlier than at the age of 64 other wise he may not have been alive anymore today. He came to that realisation shortly after the R&RHOF induction in 1995 and drastically cleaned up.

 

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This might turn out to be very funny...I'm imagining the various actors in terrible wigs....the fake southern accents....


I heard it through the grapevine that David Spade is gonna sport the "Joe Dirt" wig again for the role of Gregg

 

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  posted on 4/10/2013 at 11:15 AM
Apart from the likeness and acting skills of the actors which gonna be involved i have my doubts about the plot.
Gregg's book itself is the main cause of my doubts. How wil they adapt this into a solid, authentic and honest screenplay?

 

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  posted on 4/10/2013 at 11:31 AM
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Apart from the likeness and acting skills of the actors which gonna be involved i have my doubts about the plot.
Gregg's book itself is the main cause of my doubts. How wil they adapt this into a solid, authentic and honest screenplay?


I've had it for a year and haven't gotten past page 34.

It's not riveting reading.

Glad mine wasn't an autopenned version, it's hardly worth the price of admission for the basic copy.

 

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  posted on 4/10/2013 at 11:44 AM
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Savin and Miller will work closely with Gregg Allman and Michael Lehman, Allman’s manager, to make the story as authentic as possible.

You know, just like the book.

 

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This might turn out to be very funny...I'm imagining the various actors in terrible wigs....the fake southern accents....


I heard it through the grapevine that David Spade is gonna sport the "Joe Dirt" wig again for the role of Gregg


Lets not forget the horrible beards from 'Gettysburg'.....ouch!

 

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Savin and Miller will work closely with Gregg Allman and Michael Lehman, Allman’s manager, to make the story as authentic as possible.

You know, just like the book.


That was funny.

 

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  posted on 4/10/2013 at 04:01 PM
Will they give out copies to only certain fans at the Beacon next year......

 

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  posted on 4/10/2013 at 04:39 PM

Cool, it could be a cross between Get Him to THe Greek and THe Big Lebowski

 

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  posted on 4/10/2013 at 04:48 PM
I'm a big fan, and while I think his life is interesting, I don't know that it is really interesting enough for a movie.

Keeping in mind that lots of movie goers (nearly all of them) aren't as emotionally invested in the music, the band breakups, the drug trial issues, Duane's death, etc. -- it plays out like a stereotypical rock star life.

I don't know, maybe because I've followed the story all my life it doesn't seem fresh new and exciting to me . . .

I guess we'll find out when the movie is made.

 

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I'm a big fan, and while I think his life is interesting, I don't know that it is really interesting enough for a movie.

Keeping in mind that lots of movie goers (nearly all of them) aren't as emotionally invested in the music, the band breakups, the drug trial issues, Duane's death, etc. -- it plays out like a stereotypical rock star life.

I don't know, maybe because I've followed the story all my life it doesn't seem fresh new and exciting to me . . .

I guess we'll find out when the movie is made.


Agreed. Most Allman fans are familiar with his life but it certainly wouldn't be - to me - commercially viable

 

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I see that I'm not the only one who found this sentence amusing....

"Savin and Miller will work closely with Gregg Allman and Michael Lehman, Allman’s manager, to make the story as authentic as possible."

We'll see how the rest of the year plays out, but that may be the funniest sentence I read in 2013

"How wil they adapt this into a solid, authentic and honest screenplay?"

Didn't you see? They have Michael Lehman on the case, renowned expert in honesty and authenticity.

 
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  posted on 4/11/2013 at 01:47 AM
I understand the working title is Almost Almost Famous.




 

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The book has plenty of what the public craves- sex, drugs and rock and roll, and that can easily be translated to the big screen- look at The Doors movie.

My hope is we will get some good concert footage from the film... either previously unreleased, or some good remastering.

 

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  posted on 4/11/2013 at 09:11 AM
Sounds like it would be a good " Hallmark Channel " movie!
 

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The book has plenty of what the public craves- sex, drugs and rock and roll, and that can easily be translated to the big screen- look at The Doors movie.

My hope is we will get some good concert footage from the film... either previously unreleased, or some good remastering.


maybe the movie could cause the releasing of long awaited Love Valley/Atl. Pop/other footage that's out there --

you know the great success of Skydog will at long last kick-start the release of this stuff, whether thru the movie or whatever -- it shows that people are still interested in the original ABB -- like dadof2 & most others said tho, am not too interested in a biopic, other than for the belly laughs it'd bring...

gosh -- if it's all based on the MCTB manuscript I don't know why any actor would want Dickey's part -- he gets dumped on plenty in the book



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The book has plenty of what the public craves- sex, drugs and rock and roll, and that can easily be translated to the big screen- look at The Doors movie.

My hope is we will get some good concert footage from the film... either previously unreleased, or some good remastering.


maybe the movie could cause the releasing of long awaited Love Valley/Atl. Pop/other footage that's out there --

you know the great success of Skydog will at long last kick-start the release of this stuff, whether thru the movie or whatever -- it shows that people are still interested in the original ABB -- like dadof2 & most others said tho, am not too interested in a biopic, other than for the belly laughs it'd bring...

gosh -- if it's all based on the MCTB manuscript who's the poor schmuck who'd play Dickey Betts -- he got dumped on plenty in the book




Maybe in a show of true class they'll let Dickey be Dickey.






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  posted on 4/11/2013 at 02:16 PM
Here is the line up

As Gregg we have - Jon Voight








And for Dickey - Dennis Weaver









Red Dog - Tommy Chong





Or they may animate him



And for Butch.............


Sarah I need to send a fax to Dickey...


I'm sorry I couldn't resist. I Love Butch I really do. But I couldn't resist


 

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  posted on 4/11/2013 at 02:30 PM
KCJimmy....awesome work..LMAO.
 

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  posted on 4/11/2013 at 02:46 PM
I vote for Woods to play Butch.

 

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  posted on 4/12/2013 at 10:49 AM
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I vote for Woods to play Butch.


Yep, i second that motion. Spitting image.

 

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