Gregg Allman also had two girlfriends commit suicide.
He married six times (once to Cher) and spent years in and out of rehab.
The plan is to use original Allman Brothers tracks in the film as well as rerecorded performances by the actor-musicians.
Allman was part of the Southern rock group The Allman Brothers Band, whose heyday was during the '60s and '70s when they released classics such as "Ramblin' Man," "Midnight Rider," "Whipping Post" and"Jessica." Success, however, was mixed with tragedy.
Savin, meanwhile, said Russell has been a Duane Allman fan his whole life and that during the audition process he "blew us away with his total embodiment of the rock icon and his uncanny slide guitar chops." EARLIER: Buyers Swoon for Biopics of Elton John, Marvin Gaye, Janis Joplin Miller will direct , which he wrote with Savin. domestic release and the Exchange will handle the international sales on the film.
The two are producing via their banner, Unclaimed Freight, along with their music biz partner Brad Rosenberger. Production is scheduled to begin in February in Savannah, Ga., at Meddin Studios.
Duane Allman died in a motorcycle crash only two weeks after the band's third album went gold.
"The world knows Tyson as a extraordinary musician and performer; now the world will know what an amazing actor he is as well," said Miller.The whole record was amazing, and possibly their best release yet.