Paul Greengrass to direct long-in-the-works Jimi Hendrix biopic for Legendary | EW.com

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Paul Greengrass to direct long-in-the-works Jimi Hendrix biopic for Legendary

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It’s all finally happening: The authoritative Jimi Hendrix movie with a big cosign from the family estate is on the way, Deadline reported Thursday. Director Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips) will helm the project, while 8 Mile writer Scott Silver is on board for script duties. 

A Hendrix movie with the family’s approval has yet to happen, but that hasn’t stopped other works based on the late guitar hero from happening. Andre Benjamin of OutKast played the legendary rock god in last year’s Jimi: All Is By My Side—directed and written by Oscar-winning scribe John Ridley (12 Years A Slave)—which detailed Hendrix before his breakout gig at the Monterey Pop Music Festival in June 1967. No songs written by Hendrix were included, though, as the family and Experience Hendrix, LLC didn’t give their approval.

This won’t be a problem in Legendary’s production: Hendrix’s seminal works will be in the film. Greengrass and Legendary CEO Thomas Tull attempted a definitive biopic in 2010, but Experience Hendrix reportedly disapproved of Max Bornstein’s script. Tull, Janie Hendrix (Jimi’s sister), Jon Jashni, John McDermott, and Peter Afterman will produce the project, while Jillian Share and Josh Bratman will be executive producers.

Neither Legendary nor Experience Hendrix immediately responded to EW’s request for comment.