It was recently confirmed that André 3000 will indeed star in the upcoming Jimi Hendrix biopic All Is By My Side. There is only one little, tiny issue: it doesn’t look like the producers are going to be able to acquire the rights to Hendrix’s music, which could dampen the film’s impact.
Hendrix’s catalog is controlled by Experience Hendrix, LLC, a company founded by Hendrix’s father that is meant to ensure that his son’s musical legacy remains untarnished. This explains why you’ve never heard “Fire” used to promote Taco Bell’s latest spicy creation, or “Foxy Lady” blared as a confident, odor-free woman struts down the sidewalk in a deodorant commercial.The company has been conservative when it comes to allowing others to use the music, and they’ve made it clear that since they haven’t been as involved in the production of All Is By My Side as they would have liked to have been, the rights to the music are likely staying with the Experience.
Wood Harris portrayed Hendrix in Showtime’s 2000 made-for-TV movie Hendrix, where the channel only used covers of Hendrix songs instead of the real things. Though All Is By My Side will be better-financed than Hendrix and features a bigger name in André 3000, it still would be a considerable blow not to lock down Hendrix’s musical catalog.