Formed in 1969, The Allman Brothers Band influenced the music industry greatly with their style combining elements of blues, jazz, and country music. It’s likely for that reason they’re receiving the biopic treatment, with John Q director Nick Cassavetes at the helm of the project.
Deadline broke the exclusive news, stating filmmaker Nick Cassavetes and Sunset Blvd Films are developing the biopic. Cassavetes directed John Q, The Notebook, and The Other Woman, so he has quite the resume. The biopic will be based on Scott Freeman’s book and delves into Gregg and Duane Allman’s lives. Cassavetes spoke to Deadline, saying the band had a huge influence on him.
“I grew up a huge fan of The Allman Brothers,” Cassavetes stated “They had a profound influence on the music culture in America and I’m honored to be able to have an opportunity to tell their story.”
Sunset Blvd Films President Len Fico also spoke to the outlet, praising Cassavetes and giving a glimpse into what to expect. “Nick brings passion, perceptive and integrity to this multi-dimensional saga. Beyond creating music that became a cultural touchstone, the Allmans’ story is one of tragic death, betrayal, drug and alcohol use and eventually exoneration and redemption. Nick’s abilities to bring flawed but empathic characters to the screen makes him the only logical choice for the Allmans’ story.”
The Allman brothers led interesting lives, educating themselves while they were younger and initially not being successful with music. Gregg also married Cher and helped Jimmy Carter win the White House. Some of their most notable hits include Ramblin’ Man, Jessica, Melissa, and Blue Sky. They were also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995.
There’s currently no date as to when the biopic will debut and through which services.
Greg Allman’s Son is Honoring his Father Through a Family Revival Tour
Gregg Allman’s son, Devon Allman, is an accomplished guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter, just like his father. Recognizing his father’s contributions to the music industry and celebrating him, Devon is going on an Allman Family Revival tour.
Beginning on November 27 in St. Louis, the tour will continue until December 19 in Los Angeles. The tour includes musicians Robert Randolph, Donavon Frankenreiter, Lilly Hiatt, Cody and Luther Dickinson, and several more. Additionally, they will hit 18 different cities. Rolling Stone covered the news, noting Devon’s announcement about the tour and involving so many people.
“I like having artists that knew Dad, played with him, maybe were an opening act, or were really influenced and inspired by him,” Devon stated. “As for a venue, I prefer those turn-of-the-century to mid-20th century, old-school theaters. They are just gorgeous inside, sculpted for sound, and provide the perfect location for these very special shows. I love for this concert to feel like a night at the theater for our audience.”