Although it may be "unauthorized" at the moment, it appears that the filming of the new Jimi Hendrix biopic All Is By My Side starring Andre 3000, one-half of the Grammy winning hip hop duo OutKast, is underway. It appears that the rapper/actor has already begun filming in Ireland. The feature film is written and directed by John Ridley and will follow Hendrix’s years in England, from 1966 to 1967, when he put together his debut album, Are You Experienced.
A few weeks ago Experience Hendrix, LLC. released a statement to the press stating that the filmmakers did not have official permission to move forward with the film nor did they have the right to use any of the musician's songs.
"Various media outlets have recently published accounts that indicate a feature-length Jimi Hendrix biographical film is nearing production. Experience Hendrix, LLC, the family-owned company entrusted with safeguarding the legacy of Jimi Hendrix and administrator of the Jimi Hendrix 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. "Experience Hendrix CEO Janie Hendrix, sister of Jimi Hendrix, and 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."
Let's hope everyone can come to an agreement because this will be an amazing biopic starring someone we have all felt was born for this role.
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