Reporting Brian Ives
Gregg Allman‘s 2012 memoir, My Cross To Bear, is being developed into a feature film biopic by the same team working on the upcoming film about legendary New York punk club CBGB.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Randall Miller and Jody Savin have picked up the rights to the book, and will co-write the screenplay, with Miller directing. Gregg Allman and his manager Michael Lehman will serve as executive producers and work closely with the writers on the film.
The film will focus on multiple fronts: Allman’s journey as a struggling artist through the formation of the Allman Brothers Band, their ascent to becoming one of the biggest rock groups of the ’70s, and Allman as a 64-year-old man who knows he has to clean up. As far as the film’s music, the plan is to use a mix of original songs and songs performed by the actor/musicians who are still to be cast.
Radio.com recently spoke to Allman’s My Cross To Bear co-author Alan Light, who said he was surprised when he was approached about working on the memoir.
“I needed to really be convinced by Gregg that he wanted to do this,” Light said. “He’s a reluctant interview. He’s not a ‘life-of-the-party’ raconteur.”
However, Light knew that if Allman was committed to the project, the results would be compelling.
“We all know the kind of history that he has and the kind of stories that are there, and if he was really going to let that out, that would be an exciting thing to work on,” he said. “And he really wanted to do that.”
Light continued: “Gregg Allman has an extraordinarily dark and tragic American story, and he really hadn’t told it before. I think the thing that was so striking was: there aren’t that many people with this kind of story, who haven’t told it 50 times: this is one of the great rock and roll stories that has not been done to death.”
Allman’s reticence to do interviews over the years may end up paying good dividends, Hollywood-style.