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Jimi Hendrix Biopic Starring Outkast’s Andre 3000 Goes On Without Estate’s Support

Jimi Hendrix / Andre 3000
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Summertime means sequels, and if a story about the Jimi Hendrix estate expressing their lack of support for a movie about the guitar hero sounds familiar… that’s because it happened this week for the second time in a year.

Production on the film, which is to star Andre 3000 from the rap group Outkast, was held up last July when Experience Hendrix, the family-run company responsible for licensing and managing Jimi’s image and music, wouldn’t allow the producers to use the rocker’s original recordings in the movie.

It recent days, it was reported the film was fully back on track with a creative solution for including Hendrix’s music — a star-studded band featuring current Chickenfoot drummer Kenny Aronoff, who recently told us about an intense two-day recording session to re-create Hendrix and Cream tracks for the movie.

Billboard at first reported on Thursday (May 10) that “the six-week shoot in Ireland for the film will apparently not happen,” with Experience Hendrix declaring, “No such film, were it to include original music or copyrights created by Jimi Hendrix, can be undertaken without its (our) full participation.”

The company’s statement went on to say that while they’re not opposed in theory to a film about Hendrix’s life, they would insist on being involved in the creative process “from the inception” of any such project.

However later that night Billboard issued an updated story declaring that the film will indeed go on with John Ridley directing from a screenplay he also wrote.

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