Hendrix film, finally?
It looks like we're finally set to see a Jimi Hendrix film, although this one isn't going to be based on fact.
Slide is a fictional drama that will see the character of Jimi Hendrix pulled into another story and used for dramatic effect. The upside of this is that there will be no requirement for his music to be used and therefore the complex issues that have plagued the biographical films won't feature a part here.
The film is written and will be directed by R.H. Greene. It tells the story of a lost weekend in the sixties when Hendrix disappeared. The story will have two gangsters racing to get away from the boss that they've double crossed, accidentally kidnapping Jimi Hendrix. This is the time period when Hendrix was at his best and worst, the highest point of his career and the lowest of his drug addictions.
On the journey not only does Hendrix clean up his act, but he also teaches the two gangsters about honesty, turning them into good guys, or so the story from The Hollywood Reporter tells us anyway.
The article confirms that no music will be used in the film and that this is a fictional road trip film, not a biographical film in any way, and adds to the growing slate of fictional material on the legendary lost weekend of the star.
Well it's not the screen outing that we wanted for the character of Jimi Hendrix, I think I'm sure that I speak for almost everyone in that if we were to see a film about the man then it would be better to be a biographical one. I certainly would love to hear about the man behind the legend and less about what never happened on a lost weekend.