'8 Mile' screenwriter Scott Silver has been hired to pen the film's script
Director Paul Greengrass (Bourne, Captain Phillips) is in talks to direct an authorised biopic of Jimi Hendrix.
The rock icon’s estate, Experience Hendrix, has reached an agreement with Legendary Pictures, a production company which has wanted to make a Hendrix movie for several years, and the project is now “moving forward”, Deadline reports. Hendrix’s best-known songs including ‘Purple Haze’, ‘Foxy Lady’ and ‘Voodoo Child (Slight Return)’ will be licensed for use in the film.
Greengrass is being lined up to direct from a script written by 8 Mile‘s Scott Silver. Janie Hendrix, Jimi’s sister and CEO of Experience Hendrix, will serve as one of the film’s producers. Currently untitled, it’s being conceived as the “ultimate film” on Hendrix, one of rock history’s most influential musicians, who died on September 18, 1970, at the age of 27.
The film currently has no star attached, though Anthony Mackie (Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Hurt Locker) was in the frame to play Hendrix when Legendary Pictures first began developing a Hendrix film several years ago.
The authorised biopic will follow 2013’s Jimi: All Is By My Side, an unauthorised film about Hendrix starring Outkast’s Andre 3000. The film did not include any songs written by Hendrix as the rock icon’s estate declined to license them for use.