Another Hendrix biographical film dies
It's notoriously difficult to get biographical films made as the production most often than not tries to secure the rights to the person from their estate in order to get the closest, most intimate details about the person and their life. However add in to the mix the fact that they are a musician, and you've just added a whole level of complexity that makes the film ten times harder to get made.
The reason for that is the music. What is a film about a musician if you can't use their original music in the film? That's the problem that faces a lot of films about musicians, and one that's daunted the productions of a Jimi Hendrix film to date, including the latest attempt that Paul Greengrass was interested in directing with Anthony Mackie in the lead role.
This latest version of the film tried to take a different track apparently. Rather than pitch the idea to the estate and see if they would bite, the head of Legendary Pictures decided to hire a writer to create a script, get a director and actor on board, and then present that to the estate in the hope they would say yes. They didn't, and the film was dead.
So the idea of seeing a Jimi Hendrix film is quashed once again. We've heard numerous attempts over the years, but nothing came to fruition. The estate even took one production to court to stop it proceeding as it didn't have the rights to the songs, they are proving very protective.
Deadline Hollywood Daily through The Playlist has the story of the latest scuppered attempt, and while I understand that the Hendrix estate want to ensure that the best possible film is made, it doesn't seem like there's any cooperation with Hollywood, just shutting them down at every opportunity. Perhaps there's not a desire to see a film about Jimi Hendrix?
Janie Hendrix from the Experience Hendrix, the estate of Jimi Hendrix, commented on the film:
”Legendary proceeded without our permission, direction or involvement. It didn’t ‘fall apart,’ it never was. When we do the Jimi Hendrix feature film bio we will be involved and in control from the beginning”
Well when are you going to do the film, and why didn't you work with any of the productions to be involved from the beginning?
Well if they don't get involved from the beginning a film will never get made, and there are plenty of fans out there who would lap it up. The question probably is, will a film of Jimi Hendrix be palatable for cinema audiences? If it tells his whole story behind the scenes, will the image of the legendary guitar figure be somewhat tarnished and not sound as sweet as some of his achievements with the guitar?