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Andre 3000's Jimi Hendrix Project May Be Back On Track...

by Tambay A. Obenson
July 5, 2011 10:21 AM
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"Next up is possibly a Jimi Hendrix biopic — an independent film with Andre 3000 from OutKast playing Jimi Hendrix."

Words spoken by actress Hayley Atwell in an interview with Esquire magazine for their August issue.

As Movieline notes, Andre 3000 has long been attached to star in a Jimi Hendrix project, going all the way back to 2004, as THIS EW article shows, which the Hughes brothers were supposedly to direct. I haven't heard anything of the project in awhile, until this little nugget from Atwell. So, does this prove that Andre 3000's Hendrix film isn't dead, and actually might be getting closer to being a reality?

Your guess is as good as mine. Though it seems like Atwell knows something we don't. A Google search revealed nothing new. So, we'll just have to watch and wait.

Just like Bob Marley and Marvin Gaye, in recent years, there’ve been numerous attempts to bring Jimi Hendrix’s life-story to the theatrical screen, with such musician/actors as Lenny Kravitz and the aforementiond Andre Benjamin expressing interest in assuming the starring role of the greatest guitarist in the history of rock music. But securing rights to the man’s story has proven to be quite the challenge with Experience Hendrix, the gatekeeper to the musician’s estate, which is run by his stepsister, Janie Hendrix.

Recall my post from August 2009 on the announced attempt by Legendary Pictures, in correlation with Woodstock’s 40th anniversary, where Hendrix's performance of The Star-Spangled Banner was a seminal moment of the original 1969 festival...

A writer had already been hired to work on the script, hoping that it would be approved for production by the Hendrix estate, which has been very protective of Jimi's story - and rightfully so.

And then, in December of 2009, we reported on another Hendrix movie being in the proverbial pipeline, titled Slide, and described as "a fictionalized account of what happened during Hendrix's 'lost weekend'."

The legendary story goes, in brief... in September 1969, Hendrix was the subject of a hoax kidnapping, orchestrated by his manager.

However, in the fictionalized Slide, the story will revolve around two gangsters, desperately trying to get away from a mob boss they double-crossed, who inadvertently kidnap Hendrix, then at the height of his career and drug addiction. Along the way, Hendrix ends up teaching one of the gangsters about honesty, and Hendrix learns to clean up his act.

Will this be a comedy, drama, thriller...?? "Quirky" was the word used to describe it.

Producer Carol Lewis is likening the project to Peter Bogdanovich's The Cat's Meow, a 2001 dramedy film I haven't seen, calling it more of a road movie than a biopic. Apparently, none of Hendrix's music will be used, nor will any of his family be featured, and so, obtaining rights from the Hendrix estate won't be an issue.

I haven't heard anything about either project since initial announcements were made 2 years ago.

Stay tuned... in the meantime, check out this hip-hop unauthorized bio of Hendrix:

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6 Comments

  • Cosmo Spacey | July 21, 2011 6:58 AMReply

    Duff Hendrickson has a 16mm color film of Jimi Hendrix that is for sale called Strange Day on Maui. Look for it on YouTube. Duff made it on Maui in 1970, a psychedelic experience of the Maui show.

  • BluTopaz | July 6, 2011 7:50 AMReply

    Oh a film about one of the world's most influential musicians where none of his music will be used, makes sense to me. Even better to get a singer to play him.

    I u/s they are getting around the clearances issues, but why even bother--just to cash in on the man's name? I'd rather see a fantastic documentary, not Andre running around in velvet bell bottoms and headbands which is not a stretch for him anyway.

  • sharon benjamin hodo | July 6, 2011 4:56 AMReply

    ANDRE 3000 LETS HIS SON SEVEN BENJAMIN BE TAKEN CARE OF BY ERYKAH'S ASSISTANTS/LOVERS. THAT'S WHY SEVEN ACTS GAY/FEMININE. DRE WOULD RATHER BUY A LOFT IN BUCKHEAD/PORSCHE THAN BUY A HOUSE IN DALLAS TO BE WITH HIS ONLY SON.DRE ALSO LETS SEVEN WALK AROUND LOOKING MALNOURISHED! WHAT KIND OF A FATHER WOULD RATHER STAY IN ATL THAN BE IN THE CITY WHERE THEIR SON IS WHEN THEY HAVE THE MEANS? A DEADBEAT THAT'S WHAT! HOW DID SHARON BENJAMIN HODO RAISE ANDRE 3000?

  • Bob Merlis | July 6, 2011 2:54 AMReply

    As noted time and time again, no Jimi Hendrix biopic that would include actual Jimi Hendrix recordings or musical compositions can be made without the participation of Experience Hendrix LLC, the family owned company entrusted with safeguarding the legacy and music of Jimi Hendrix.

  • Lynn | July 5, 2011 11:09 AMReply

    @ DuncanMaNutz

    I agree with you when I saw that film and I just respected Wood Harris even more as an actor.
    Do we really need a Jimi Hendrix film?? I think legends need to just stay in our memories I am so tired of these biopics they often turn out to be sh*t (Excuse my language). But it just gets on my nerves when these directors, producers, writers never get it right there is always something wrong and many fans are outraged by casting choices for biopic films (like myself). I hope this never gets made as much as I love Andre 3000 I don't want to see him in a lead role playing any legend.

  • Duncan MaNutz | July 5, 2011 10:55 AMReply

    Wood Harris and Vivica Fox did a great job in 2000.
    http://youtu.be/-DKEQo3uS5g

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