Jimi Hendrix movie ‘will go ahead’
Filming for the Jimi Hendrix biopic is going ahead despite protestations from the late guitarist’s estate, according to movie director John Ridley.
CMU reports today that Ridley will definitely begin filming his Hendrix movie in Ireland later this month, with Outkast rapper Andre 3000 (aka part-time actor Andre Benjamin) in the lead role.
Called All Is By My Side, it’s set in England in 1966 and tells the story behind the recording of Hendrix’s debut album Are You Experienced.
Last week the Hendrix estate said it was not involved in any biopic, adding that it would stop any unapproved project from using Jimi’s music, which it controls.
Janie Hendrix, Jimi’s sister and boss of Experience Hendrix LLC, issued the following statement:
“Experience Hendrix LLC, the family-owned company entrusted with safeguarding the legacy of Jimi Hendrix, and administrator of the music and publishing catalogue, 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.”
But Ridley is forging ahead with his project, with the intention of deriving part of his original screenplay from archived live and interview footage of Hendrix.
It’s not clear whether the director has reached an agreement with Hendrix’s estate, or whether he intends to carry on without its permission.
Last week’s statement from Hendrix’s estate added: “The EH board have not ruled out a ‘biopic’ in the future. Though 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.”