Published May 08, 2015There have been a couple of Jimi Hendrix biopics over the years — like 2013's André 3000-starring Jimi: All Is by My Side and 2000's Hendrix — but these weren't approved by the iconic guitarist's estate and didn't feature any of his original music. Now, finally, it seems that a planned biopic has secured the approval of Jimi's estate.
The film is due to be directed by Paul Greengrass (the Bourne movies, United 93, Captain Phillips). It will feature a script from Scott Silver (8 Mile) and will arrive through Legendary Pictures.
Deadline reports that Legendary Pictures and Greengrass have been eyeing this project for some time, but they waited until they has the estate's approval before proceeding. This was clearly a good plan, since they will now be able to use Hendrix's recordings in the film.
Previously, Legendary approached Hendrix's estate about a biopic in 2010 but was rejected. The company had been in talks with actor Anthony Mackie to star, and there's no word as to whether that's still on the table. (Mackie is now 36, making him almost a decade older than Hendrix at the time of his death.)