André 3000’s Hendrix biopic on the rocks; at the mercy of Hendrix estate

By , May 11 2012

Earlier this week, we learned that Outkast dandy André 3000 would be appearing as Jimi Hendrix in a new feature film.

All By My Side is due to start filming in a matter of weeks. The Wall St. Journal, however, report that all is not well with the production: the Hendrix estate are apparently less than happy with the project.

Experience Hendrix LLC, the family-helmed organisation that oversees Hendrix’s music and publishing rights, has distanced itself from the project.  In a statement, the organisation – led by Hendrix’s sister Jamie – claimed to have “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”.

The organisation have not necessarily ruled out a biopic, though they’ve emphasised that “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.”

As The Guardian point out, several past Hendrix biopics have been called off when the estate refused to license Hendrix’s recordings.

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