From the Jimi Hendrix estate to Legendary Pictures: Not so fast on that biopic… yet.
Legendary Pictures is the latest production company to embark on a feature about the seminal guitarist. But, like others before it, Legendary has not secured the rights to use Hendrix’s music, according to Variety. Legendary hopes to win the blessing (and music rights) of Experience Hendrix, the artist’s estate overseen by his stepsister Janie Hendrix, after shooting the film.
Today, Hendrix’s estate responded to the story: “Just like the many discussions we have had over the years with other producers who have expressed an interest in developing a feature biography that will bring the true story of the amazing life of my brother, Jimi Hendrix, to the silver screen, we have had similar discussions with Legendary Pictures,” said Experience Hendrix CEO Janie Hendrix. “However, our talks with Legendary and others are in the preliminary stages so there is nothing substantive to report at this time.”
As Variety reports, many have expressed interest in telling Hendrix’s story-with names such as Lenny Kravitz and Outkast’s Andre Benjamin bandied about to play the guitarist-but the estate has refused to grant the rights.
Legendary is run by Thomas Tull, who produced “It Might Get Loud,” the Sony Classics film features guitar heros Jimmy Page, The Edge and Jack White.