An Official Jimi Hendrix Biopic Is in the Works With Director Paul Greengrass
A few years back, director Paul Greengrass was attempting to get a Jimi Hendrix biopic off the ground, but without the okay from the late rock icon’s estate, development came to a halt. Whatever differences Greengrass and Legendary Pictures had with the estate now seem to have been settled, as the director and studio are moving forward with their planned biopic, which now has an official blessing.
Deadline reports that Legendary and Experience Hendrix have come to an agreement, allowing the studio to move ahead with talks for Greengrass to direct the film. 8 Mile screenwriter Scott Silver will pen the screenplay for the biopic, which will be able to incorporate some of Hendrix’s classic songs.
Just last year, 12 Years a Slave scribe John Ridley wrote and directed Jimi: All Is by My Side, an unofficial biopic which followed the late guitarist and singer during his move from New York to London, just before his career really took off. But without the cooperation of Hendrix’s estate, that film suffered in part due to the lack of Hendrix’s actual music.
Greengrass last directed the riveting drama Captain Phillips, and is set to direct another installment in the Bourne franchise, with Matt Damon returning to reprise his role from the original trilogy. It’s assumed that Greengrass will get to work on the untitled Hendrix film after he completes production on the new Bourne movie.