Andre “3 Stacks” Benjamin has apparently arrived in Ireland (according to the Irish Film & Television Network) to begin pre-production on his much talked-about Jimi Hendrix biopic, tentatively titled All Is By My Side, preparing for a starring role in a story covering Hendrix’ years in England (1966-67). The Jimi Hendrix Estate–officially known as Experience Hendrix, LLC–is already making moves to put the project to a cease, however, releasing the following statement to the Wall Street Journal:
“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.”
A representative for Andre 3000 “didn’t immediately respond to a request for a comment” according to the WSJ, but it does seem like a Hendrix flick would be pretty tough to pull off without the Estate’s cooperation and hence permission to use Hendrix’ music. We have to assume, thought, that writer/director John Ridley of Three Kings fame had a plan before he threw down the proverbial 3 stacks for plane tickets and incidentals. Stay tuned.
spotted at HT