Jimi Hendrix BiopicPublished by Clay Cane on Monday, September 7, 2009 at 12:00 am.
Jimi Hendrix is one of the greatest rock artists of all time and considered one of the best guitarists to have ever lived. With biopics about Jim Morrison, Ray Charles and — it seems strange that the Jimi Hendrix biopic has never made it to the big screen.
Hendrix was born Johnny Allen Hendrix in Seattle, Washington November 27, 1942. Hendrix performed with artists like Tina Turner and Little Richard. He achieved success in Europe but it was his performance at the 1967 Montrey Pop Festival that gave him success in the United States. Struggling with drugs, Hendrix died of an overdose on September 18, 1970. Now Variety is reporting the biopic might actually come to life:
With the Woodstock 40th anni in the spotlight this year, Legendary Pictures is mounting a feature film about Jimi Hendrix, whose perf of “The Star-Spangled Banner” was a seminal moment of the original 1969 fest.
Legendary hopes to crack the rights issues that have prevented previous Hendrix projects from getting out of the gate. The company’s plan is to develop the project first, then try to win the cooperation of the estate.
There have been numerous attempts to develop a Hendrix film in recent years, with such musician-actors as Lenny Kravitz and Outkast’s Andre Benjamin floated as possible stars. But no one has locked down rights with Experience Hendrix, the gatekeeper to the musician’s estate, which is run by his stepsister, Janie Hendrix.
Legendary has been in loose discussions with the estate, but there is as yet no firm rights deal, which would be needed to access Hendrix’s singular sound and guitar wizardry.
I hope the biopic gets locked down. I could easily see Chiwetel Ejiofor in this role!