Has the latest Hendrix film no music?
Here we go again, history repeats itself every time we see news about a Jimi Hendrix film the Hendrix estate comes out and says that they have nothing to do with it and that they can use no music in it and suddenly there goes the film, for what is a biographical film about a musical legend without the music they wrote and played?
Just yesterday I wrote about the new film All is by My Side, a Jimi Hendrix biographical film written and directed by John Ridley and starring André Benjamin as the man himself. Today I think I might be writing about the end of the film despite new casting announcements.
According to yesterday's report the film was moving forward and was even set to start production in Ireland and despite word today that Haley Atwell and Imogen Poots are going to co-star in the film along with André Benjamin, I'm not sure how much more mileage the film has.
More news came out about the film All is by My Side in the The Hollywood Reporter article telling us that the makers of the film were going to base it on actual interviews with Jimi Hendrix as well as archived material of the man himself, however that's where the stumbling block appears.
Also in the article comes the statement from the family owned company Experience Hendrix LLC seems to have scuppered that. To be fair the way this is worded the statement from the company could have come much earlier in the lifetime of the project as I have heard that the production had problems with the estate in the past, and the issues could now be resolved. Equally the article seems to associate the statement from the Experience Hendrix LLC to today's official announcement of the production.
Here's what the statement says:
"...no such film, were it to include original music or copyrights created by Jimi Hendrix, can be undertaken without its full participation...producing partners would, out of necessity, have to involve the company from the inception of any such film project if it is to include original Jimi Hendrix music or compositions."
None of that sound positive for the film and suggest that they have the necessary rights to include the music or the copyrighted material, so does that mean the film is dead?
Well the makers could be very clever and use interviews and archive material whose copyright doesn't belong to Experience Hendrix LLC, but I have no idea how much material that is, how much performance material is included and how many songs that will allow them to feature in the film. It would probably mean that we wouldn't see Benjamin playing any Hendrix songs.
We'll have to wait and see the outcome of this, but once again a Hendrix film falters at the starting block, although to be fair this film seems to have moved further than any other. Are we going to see this made without the rights?