Jimi Hendrix Estate Against Biopic

Experience Hendrix, LLC, the Hendrix family-owned company entrusted with preserving and protecting the legacy of Jimi Hendrix, released the statement.

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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".

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    "protecting the legacy of Jimi" means "Sucking out as many dollar bills as possible over our family member who died almost 50 years ago"
    So, no Hendrix music then... It'll be interesting, but without the music, these types of films always come up lacking.
    I think that the film should come with a guide. Viewers would have their "Are You Experienced" CD ready, and it would tell you when to hit play on a certain track. Or they could just make a whole movie without a soundtrack, but playing the CD makes it a "Dark Side/Wizard of Oz" kind of thing. I was kidding when I typed that, but I've convinced myself that it would be cool.
    Guys, it's a BIOPIC. Prime example: "The Doors" Oliver Stone. Exaggerative and not generally accepted by the relatives/bandmates of the subject person. This was to be expected.
    there was a film a few years ago called 'Last Days' that basically was about Kurt Cobain. The guy looked and sounded like Kurt, wore the same clothes and depicted the last days of his life without ever once referring to any original Cobain material or media. It never said he was called Kurt Cobain nor like i said used his music, but never the less it was Kurt. Basically if they do something similar with Hendrix, it could potentially work, it will be interesting to see them try and show hendirx's story without any referencing, but the cobain one was decent (if not a bit weird and drawn out) Though I can't see it being a major success
    Sundb3rg wrote: "protecting the legacy of Jimi" means "Sucking out as many dollar bills as possible over our family member who died almost 50 years ago"
    "CEO Jani Hendrix" Jimi doted on his sister Jani. Being able to take care of her was very important to him, from what I've read. Sucking pennies or not, I get the feeling he'd have no problem at all with what they've done for his legacy, and the life it's provided for Jani and the rest of his family.
    Huh. I'm disappointed, but his estate should have control as they claim. I wonder if the previous story was an intentional release so those behind the production could gauge the popularity of the idea and use it as leverage to convince Hendrix estate to allow it.
    Now if they would get some money, preferably a large amount, they might change their point of view.