First authorized Jimi Hendrix biopic now in the works

After several failed attempts, the first authorized Jimi Hendrix biopic is now officially in the works. Deadline reports that ICM Partners, one of the world’s largest talent agencies, has signed the family-owned Experience Hendrix LLC, the estate that controls the songs and rights of the late guitarist, and their first order of business is to produce a feature film chronicling the life of Hendrix.

“The film will be the very first to be authorized by and have the full cooperation of Experience Hendrix,” Deadline states.

Some of Hendrix’s most signature songs are expected to be featured in the film including “Foxey Lady,” “The Wind Cries Mary,” “Purple Haze,” “Voodoo Child,” and “Crosstown Traffic,” among others.

There have been several attempts by the likes of Eddie Murphy and Will Smith to play Hendrix over the years. A recent attempt involving Legendary Pictures’ Thomas Tull, who financed the rock documentary It Might Get Loud, was dropped when the estate refused to authorize the film and license any songs for the project.

“The film will be the very first to be authorized by and have the full cooperation of Experience Hendrix.”

But when Hendrix’s estate did not approve the 12 Years A Slave scribe John Ridley’s All Is By My Side script about Hendrix’s formative years, Ridley decided to move forward anyway without using the legendary musician’s music. Ridley tapped OutKast’s Andre 3000 to star with the film, making its debut at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and again at the 2014 South By Southwest film festival. All Is By My Side is expected to open in the UK this summer.

Experience Hendrix LLC President and CEO Janie Hendrix, Jimi’s sister, is very involved in the project saying, “We’re delighted to be associated with ICM Partners on this project that’s been a long time coming. Our concern has always been that any biography of Jimi that employs his music be held to the very highest standard of cinematic excellence. His musical legacy deserves no less. Our partners at ICM are ideal insofar as they completely understand that the use of his music in such a film is a monumental responsibility that will resonate through generations to come as Jimi’s artistry has since the 1960s.”

No word on when casting or production will begin.

Author: Buddy Iahn

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