According to Blabbermouth.net, Experience Hendrix, LLC, the Hendrix family-owned company founded by James A. "Al" Hendrix, Jimi's father, entrusted with preserving and protecting the legacy of Jimi Hendrix, has released the following statement:
"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 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.
"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
We reported earlier this week that Outkast rapper/singer Andre 3000 — also known as Andre Benjiman — has reportedly signed on to star as Jimi Hendrix in the upcoming biopic, called, "All Is By My Side". The movie, which is directed by John Ridley, is currently in pre-production and set to film over six weeks in Ireland later this year. The film will be based around the recording of the first Jimi Hendrix Experience album, the 1967 classic "Are You Experienced?"
Andre 3000 has previously appeared in such high-profile movies as John Travolta's "Be Cool", Mark Wahlberg's "Four Brothers", and Will Ferrell's "Semi-Pro".