Earlier this year, it was announced that Outkast star Andre 3000 was set to play Jimi Hendrix in an upcoming biopic of the legendary guitarist. The film, titled "All Is By My Side", was to focus on a pre-fame Hendrix in the run-up to his big break in 1967. The Jimi Hendrix estate, however, was none-too-keen on the idea, flatly denying producers the use of any of Hendrix's music in the project.
The film is still going ahead, although Andre won't be singing any Jimi. Instead, the soundtrack will focus on a number of Hendrix's pre-fame influences, according to Consequence Of Sound.
Versions of cover that Hendrix played in his early club days, including "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," "Wild Thing," "Hound Dog," Muddy Waters' "Mannish Boy," and Elmore James' "Bleeding Heart" will be featured, as well as two tracks by Curtis Knight, for whom Jimi played in the mid 1960s.
3000 will be backed in the film by a band of seasoned professionals including guitarist Waddy Wachtel (Keith Richards, Stevie Nicks), bassist Leland Sklar (Jackson Browne, Phil Collins), and drummer Kenny Aronoff (John Mellencamp). Rolling Stone magazine has reported that the songs featured in the film may find their way onto a soundtrack album when the film is released next year.
Experience Hendrix LLC. have said in a statement that they would be willing to be involved in a Hendrix biopic, only if they were involved in the project from its inception:
"[We] 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."