A new film about the life of late guitarist Jimi Hendrix is set to begin shooting in Ireland this month even though the producers do not have the cooperation of the Jimi Hendrix estate. This means that the movie will not be able to use any of the original recordings of Mr. Hendrix’s work.
In a statement issued by Experience Hendrix, LLC, representatives of the Hendrix estate say that they will not allow any film to use Mr. Hendrix’s music unless the estate is a part of the film production from its earliest days. The family-run company has previously denied other films permission to use Mr. Hendrix’s music as well.
The new film, entitled “All Is By My Side,” is based on an original screenplay by John Ridley, who also wrote “Red Tails” and “Three Kings.” Mr. Ridley is also directing the film, which stars Andre Benjamin as Jimi Hendrix. Mr. Benjamin, perhaps better known by his professional name Andre 3000, is half of the hip-hop group OutKast and has also acted in films.
Though the lack of permission to use Mr. Hendrix’s original music may pose a significant hurdle to the success and marketing of the film, previous films that have been made about Mr. Hendrix have also not used the original music. In 2000, Showtime aired a made-for-TV film entitled “Hendrix,” which used cover versions of Hendrix songs.