Variety reports that a Hendrix biopic is currently in the works through Thomas Tull’s Legendary Pictures. The feature film would focus on the life and career of Hendrix, the rock & roll legend whose mastery over the guitar has melted the faces of music lovers since the 1960s. The script is being written by Max Borenstein, who previously wrote the 9/11-inspired “What Is Life Worth?,” which was never produced.
Born James Marshall Hendrix, the famed guitarist has plenty of memorable songs in his catalogue, including “Purple Haze,” “Hey Joe,” “Foxy Lady,” “Fire” and a cover of Bob Dylan’s “All Along the Watchtower” that many consider the definitive version of the song. The artist died under mysterious circumstances in 1970, shortening a career that was already filled with numerous musical accomplishments.
The biggest obstacle that the developing Hendrix biopic faces comes in the form of Experience Hendrix, the late musician’s estate, which is run by his stepsister Janie Hendrix. According to Variety, the rights for a Hendrix-centric film have yet to be secured with the estate. Legendary Pictures is currently in “loose discussions” with Experience Hendrix, but the production company still plans to “develop the project first” before the rights are secured. It’s a gutsy play that the rebellious Hendrix might appreciate.
Still, the Hendrix film is at least in experienced hands. Thomas Tull recently produced the documentary “It Might Get Loud” in conjunction with Sony Pictures Classics, chronicling the careers of three separate guitarists — Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, The Edge of U2 and Jack White of The White Stripes — as they journeyed from anonymity to superstardom. If nothing else, Tull — who is producing the Hendrix film — knows his rock & roll history.
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