Paul Greengrass-directed Jimi Hendrix biopic denied rights by Hendrix estate

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
December 15th, 2010

Talk about interesting projects that will never see the light of day.

According to Deadline, the long talked-about biopic of the great guitar playing music icon Jimi Hendrix has found a bit of a problem. The outlet is reporting that the film was not met with approval from the legend’s estate, Experience Hendrix.

The film has been in the works for some time now, but with director Paul Greengrass in the director’s chair, it’s apparently back to square one for the film. This isn’t the rarest of occurrences either. Many previous attempts at bringing the music icon’s life to screen have all fallen apart, with many issues being related to the seemingly strict standards that the Hendrix estate has.

After tapping a writer (Max Borenstein), a director, and a lead (Anthony Mackie), the package was presented to the Hendrix estate, but was, obviously, denied.

Personally, while on the face of it, Greengrass may seem like an odd choice, I personally think that this is one of the more interesting takes on the project. Mackie is a relatively good fit for the character, and Greengrass’ visual style would have taken a great leap of style with the project. Too bad this one has fallen apart.

What do you think?

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