Well, it looks like the statement released by Experience Hendrix, LLC. 2 weeks ago, on the Andre 3000 Jimi Hendrix project that many of you have been excited about, hasn’t stalled the film’s production, as you can see from the pics within this post.
First, a quick recap… the rapper/actor is indeed starring as Jimi Hendrix in a new movie that has already begun filming in Ireland, titled All Is By My Side, which will follow Hendrix’s years in England, from 1966 to 1967, when he put together his debut album, Are You Experienced.
The feature film is written and directed by John Ridley (primarily a screenwriter; this will be his second feature film directorial effort).
The shoot will last six weeks in total.
Soon after that official confirmation a few weeks ago, representatives of Jimi Hendrix’s estate weighed in on plans for Andre 3000’s upcoming biopic of the guitar legend, accusing the filmmakers of moving forward with the project without their official permission, specifically, that the producers do not have the right to use any of the musician’s songs.
Experience Hendrix, LLC released the following statement to the press:
“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.”
So does the Andre 3000 project does not plan on using any of Hendrix’s music? Although I don’t see how that would happen, given that the film’s focus will center on the making of Hendrix’s first album, so it kinda has to include some of his music, doesn’t it?
Maybe both sides are currently working out a mutually-acceptable deal.
Or maybe not, and the finished film just won’t include any of Hendrix’s original music.
In the meantime, check out the photos (courtesy of Gigwise) of Andre as Jimi (above and below):