Paul Greengrass is teaming up with Legendary Entertainment to direct a new biopic centering on the life of guitar legend Jimi Hendrix, tentatively titled Experience Hendrix. Both the director and the studio had the chance to make the biopic with or without cooperation from the musician's estate four years ago, but they turned down that opportunity. Now they have full cooperation from the estate, and the biopic will also include his classic songs such as "Foxy Lady" and "Purple Haze." The musician only recorded four albums before he died at the age of 27 in 1970.
Scott Silver (The Fighter, 8 Mile) has come aboard to write the script. Legendary has been developing this project since 2009, with Max Borenstein (Godzilla) originally writing the script. Jimi Hendrix's estate didn't want to cooperate the first time around, because they thought the movie might hurt record sales, which continue to be strong year after year. But it seems the studio and the estate have now found a common ground. Anthony Mackie was in early talks to play Hendrix at the time, but it isn't known if Legendary will try to bring him back for this new adaptation.
Oscar-winning writer John Ridley made his directorial debut last year with an unauthorized Jimi Hendrix biopic entitled Jimi: All Is by My Side, which didn't have the rights to any of his music. The film, starring André Benjamin, grossed just $323,000 when it hit theaters last fall. Paul Greengrass will next direct the Untitled Matt Damon Bourne Sequel, but it isn't known when production may start on this biopic.