Jimi Hendrix estate opposes biopic
After several failed attempts to make a film about Hendrix's life, a report surfaced this week that a film tentatively entitled All Is By My Side has gone into pre-production in Ireland. Shooting is scheduled to begin in a few weeks time and John Ridley, a screenwriter whose credits include Three Kings and U-Turn, is slated to direct.
However, the estate has not given the filmmakers permission to use Hendrix's music. It issued the following statement on Thursday:
"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."
While Experience Hendrix CEO Janie Hendrix (Jimi's sister) has not ruled out licensing music for a biopic, she has said in the past that the estate must be involved from the get-go.
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