The family-run corporation that represents the estate of the late guitar legend Jimi Hendrix is refusing to give permission to film makers filming a new movie about his life. Experience Hendrix, LLC recently issued a statement detailing how it would not grant permission to any filmmakers to use original Hendrix music in any film unless the estate was fully involved in the development of the movie from the earliest stages.
This may pose a problem to the producers of “All Is by my Side,” the film about Mr. Hendrix’s life that is set to begin principal photography this month in Ireland. The movie is written and directed by John Ridley, who had previously written “Three Kings” and “Red Tails.” It is apparently set in England during 1966 and 1967, the time when Mr. Hendrix recorded and released his groundbreaking debut album “Are You Experienced.”
The film is set to star Andre Benjamin, better known by his professional name Andre 3000. Mr. Benjamin is part of the hip-hop duo OutKast, and has previously starred in films such as “Idlewild” and “Be Cool.” Actresses Haley Atwell and Imogene Poots are also slated to co-star in the film.
While previous films have also been made about Mr. Hendrix’s life, none of them have received permission from the Hendrix estate to use original music. One previous film, the Showtime made-for-TV movie “Hendrix,” for example, used cover songs to portray the artists famous work.