Film Studio Has Another Go at Jimi Hendrix Biopic
Published Aug 20, 2009With the world abuzz over Woodstock's 40th anniversary this year, it seems appropriate that a biopic about the life of hippie favourite and festival performer Jimi Hendrix would allegedly be in the works.
Legendary Pictures has announced its intention to make a motion picture based on the guitar legend's short life, according to The Guardian. Potential lead actors have not been revealed.
However, Legendary may have some hurdles to cross. Director John Hillman's 2006 biopic of Hendrix, with Outkast's Andre 3000 in the title role, was shot down by the late star's estate, which would not allow the use of Hendrix's music in the film. Furthermore, a judge ruled that film studio, Dragonslayer, had no right to use his likeness.
While musician biopics don't exactly have a high success rate, Legendary is well known for its adaptations, such as Alan Moore's The Watchmen and Spike Jonze's highly anticipated forthcoming film Where the Wild Things Are.
In the interests of full disclosure, we wonder if Legendary will support the claim that Hendrix's former manager, Michael Jeffrey, murdered the star.