Legendary Pictures Bringing Rockstar Jimi Hendrix to Film
by Brandon Lee Tenney
August 20, 2009
Forty years ago, Jimi Hendrix transformed our National Anthem, The Star-Spangeld Banner, into tribute and protest all the same (YouTube). It was a seminal and defining moment of the first Woodstock Music Festival. But that was just a single seminal moment in Hendrix's too-short life (he died in 1970 at only 27 years old). And it's that life that Legendary Pictures is hoping to bring to a theater near you, according to Variety. In the past, Experience Hendrix (controlled by Hendrix's stepsister Janie) hasn't allowed any film projects to catch fire. However, Legendary is first developing the project before presenting it to the estate.
The film is to be produced by Thomas Tull and Bill Gerber with Max Borenstein (Swordswallowers and Thin Men) penning the script. As you may or may not know, this would be Tull's second foray into the realm of the guitar gods after his most recent production of It Might Get Loud (read my glowing review). Hopefully this project will cut through the red tape and allow Hendrix's music to touch an entirely new generation and his tragic story to be brought to the screen. But who's worthy to bite those guitar strings? And whose eye is psychedelic enough to direct such an explosive burn? Andre Benjamin as directed by Ken Russell? Oh my.