With Ang Lee's Taking Woodstock just a week away from release, Legendary Pictures is turning its attention to one of the 1969 festival's most recognizable figures. Variety reports that the studio announced plans to produce a movie about iconic guitarist Jimi Hendrix.
Hendrix created one of Woodstock's seminal moments when he played an instrumental version of "The Star-Spangled Banner." He died of a drug overdose in 1970 at the age of 27.
A script is already complete, but the studio has yet to acquire the rights to Hendrix's life story and material. They plan to flesh out the project first before tackling any legal issues. Thomas Tull, who would produce the movie, also produced the recently released It Might Get Loud, which features Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin, The Edge from U2, and Jack White from the White Stripes.
Past screen adaptations of the left-handed virtuoso's life include Hendrix, a 2000 made-for-TV movie, and the 1973 rockumentary Jimi Hendrix, which contains clips from the 1967 Monterey Pop Festival in addition to those from Woodstock. The latter movie also features interviews from several prominent musicians, including Eric Clapton, Lou Reed, Pete Townshend, and Mick Jagger, among others. You can see the trailer here, courtesy of IMDB. Posted 08.20.09 by reelz