Jimi Hendrix’s family has agreed to a deal that will result in the first authorized biopic about the guitar legend.
Experience Hendrix will allow Legendary Pictures to make the film, a deal that gives the motion picture company license to use some of Hendrix’s biggest hits in the film.
The biopic will be produced by Thomas Tull, who produced the 2008 documentary It Might Get Loud, which explored the electric guitar through the careers of Jimmy Page, The Edge and Jack White. It will be directed by Paul Greengrass and written by Scott Silver, whose credits include 2010’s The Fighter and the 2002 Eminem vehicle, 8 Mile.
Tull and Greengrass first sought approval from the Hendrix estate four years ago but were not given a green light due to the family’s fears that it could hurt strong sales of the guitarist’s catalog. They decided not to move forward without approval, but not before discussing the role of Hendrix with actor Anthony Mackie (8 Mile, The Hurt Locker). Though it’s unknown who will play Hendrix, Mackie (shown inset) would appear to be a strong contender.
Whoever plays the guitar legend will have the benefit of working with a fantastic soundtrack, something that was not available to 12 Years a Slave writer John Ridley, who wrote and directed the unauthorized 2013 Hendrix biopic Jimi: All Is by My Side about the guitarist’s rise from obscurity to fame in 1966. That film featured André Benjamin—a.k.a. André 3000 of Outkast—in the starring role. The trailer for it is below.