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Andre 3000 Starring Jimi Hendrix Biopic Moving Forward, Starts Shooting In 3 Weeks, John Ridley Directing

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by Kevin Jagernauth
May 7, 2012 9:19 AM
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Considering how long this has been in development, and the number of similar projects that have fallen by the wayside including a mooted Paul Greengrass directed biopic, and a fictional road trip style movie, we figured the Andre 3000 starring Jimi Hendrix movie was not going to happen. Hell, even as far back as 2008 the actor/rapper himself said, "The funny thing with the biopics [is their uncertainty], I mean, it’s the same thing with ‘Hendrix.’ It’s kinda like, until you are on set doing it you can’t say what’s going on, because everybody wants to do the movie, but there are so many things that go into a biopic.” Well, it looks like the movie is actually going ahead.

Titled "All Is By My Side," the film is gearing up start lensing in three weeks in Ireland, with a six week production schedule mapped out. John Ridley, the writer behind "Three Kings," "U-Turn" and the forthcoming "Twelve Years A Slave" has penned the script and will be directing as well, making his sophomore feature effort following 1997's "Cold Around The Heart." The film will essentially cover Hendrix's breakthrough period from 1966 to 1967, when he was discovered in a New York club by Linda Keith, a model and girlfriend of Keith Richards at the time, who introduced him to The Rolling Stones' manager Andrew Loog Oldham and producer Seymour Stein (who both declined to work with him), and eventually to manager/producer Chas Chandler who helped launch his career. He went to London, recorded Are You Experienced? and the rest, as they say, is history.

No word yet on the rest of the cast, but last summer, Hayley Atwell revealed she was eyeing a role but nothing has been heard since. The big question here is if the film will have rights to the songs, licensing of which tends to be expensive and difficult to come by. But we presume if cameras are set to be rolling, some kind of approval on the film has come down from the musicians's estate, Experience Hendrix. Either way, we're curious as hell to see how all this winds up turning out. Are You Experienced? is a fairly defining moment in rock 'n roll history, and Hendrix is one of the titans, so let's hope it gets the treatment it deserves. [IFTN via Hitfix]

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  • Barry Levene | July 7, 2012 7:32 PMReply

    For all Hendrix fans.......

    Take a look at this, the definitive film about Hendrix, as told by Noel Redding.

    www.jokeroo.com/videos/music/hendrix-redding.html

    Barry Levene.

  • Barry Levene | July 6, 2012 9:36 PMReply

    If all you so called `MUSIC SPACED - OUT HENDRIX FAN`S` want to know the truth?
    Speak to Barry Levene..........he is the only link to the truth.....all the rest is b......., nobody knew Hendrix, apart from his mum and dad, Mitch and Noel, the rest is all C..p.
    Barry, can tell you the truth, no film, no book, no tee - shirt, documentary, I KNEW HIM WHEN HE HAD NOTHING......b......S.

    FELL FREE TO EMAIL ME.
    Barry Levene.

    3sixtypr@gmx.com

  • Barry Levene | May 12, 2012 9:01 AMReply

    Really good news!

    Andre and the production crew, should all get a copy of `The Redding Experience` dvd
    (MNVDISCS) and watch it.

    This film produced by Will Scally, features an indepth interview with Noel Redding about
    Hendrix.

    A fascinating insight into the real man not the hype.

    Please feel free to contact me.

    Regards,

    Barry Levene.

  • Brandt Hardin | May 8, 2012 7:23 PMReply

    Everything Rock knows about the guitar after 1970 came from his psychedelic twisting of what the instrument could do. I paid homage to Hendrix with a portrait called Purple Haze on the anniversary of his passing recently. You can see it at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/09/purple-haze-jimi-hendrix.html and tell me how the voodoo child’s music has influenced you!

  • jazmia | May 7, 2012 9:50 AMReply

    heeeeyyyyy boo

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