Hendrix movie in doubt

Uncertainty surrounds a proposal for a Jimi Hendrix biopic after the Hendrix estate insisted that no such film could go ahead without its permission.

It had been announced that hip-hop artist Andre 3000 of Outkast would play Hendrix in a film about the guitarist’s experiences in England in the mid-60s and the recording of his album Are You Experienced?

The Hendrix estate has moved quickly to deny that the project can go ahead without their involvement. They issued a statement to Billboard: "Experience Hendrix, LLC, the family-owned company entrusted with safeguarding the legacy of Jimi Hendrix and administrator of the Jimi Hendrix music and publishing catalog has made it known many times in the past that no such film, were it to include original music or copyrights created by Jimi Hendrix, can be undertaken without its full participation."

Plans for the film, to be called All Is By My Side, were well-advanced. The writer and director is John Ridley, well-known for his script for Three Kings. Shooting was scheduled to begin at the end of May in Dublin and Wicklow.

The estate, overseen by Hendrix’s sister Janie, is not ruling out all possibility of a biopic, but has made it clear that it wants to be involved in every aspect of the production. "Producing partners would, out of necessity, have to involve the company from the inception of any such film project if it is to include original Jimi Hendrix music or compositions," the estate said. Which is a little late for the project in question.

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