The estate of Jimi Hendrix opposes plans for an upcoming Jimi Hendrix biopic and says “no such film, were it to include original music or copyrights created by Jimi Hendrix, can be undertaken without its full participation,” according to the Wall Street Journal.
Experience Hendrix LLC, the family-owned company that manages the late guitarist’s music and publishing, first announced their opposition to the project in July 2011. However, according to recent reports, All Is By My Side will begin filming in Ireland later this month, with André 3000 playing the role of the legendary guitarist.
Janie Hendrix, the sister of Jimi and CEO of Experience Hendrix, added that the company “has not ruled out a biopic in the future though 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.
Update: According to the Los Angeles Times, a statement for All Is By My Side says it’s “based on interviews and archival materials and captures the energy, the charisma, [and] the mind-boggling talent of a legend whose musical influence still resonates around the world today.” A representative for the film would not comment on the statement from the Hendrix estate, nor would say whether the film will feature Hendrix’s music.