Andre Benjamin portrays Jimi Hendrix on the first day of filming 'All Is by My Side' Dublin, Ireland (May 28, 2012)

Andre Benjamin portrays Jimi Hendrix on the first day of filming ‘All Is by My Side’ Dublin, Ireland (May 28, 2012)

*Open Road and XLrator have closed an acquisition deal for U.S. rights to “All Is By My Side,” the Jimi Hendrix film that John Ridley wrote and directed with OutKast’s Andre Benjamin playing the legendary artist in his formative years.

According to, the deal went down following its first screening Saturday night at the Toronto International Film Festival. Open Road’s Tom Ortenberg and XLrator’s Barry Gordon made the deal. While many other attempts to film the Hendrix story got halted because the Hendrix estate refused to grant permission — there was one at Legendary with Paul Greengrass directing Anthony Mackie —, Ridley made the movie anyhow, according to Deadline.

The film covers Hendrix’s early years as he failed to find footing in the U.S., found his mojo in England and then returned to America with guitar chops so ferocious that he reportedly made guys like The Who’s Pete Townshend and Eric Clapton contemplate other careers when they first saw his act onstage.

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Described by Ridley as one of the most rarely told stories in rock history, “All Is By My Side” charts just over a year in the man’s life, during which he tried to make it on the streets and in the clubs of London. It also chronicles the lovers, friends, and musical collaborators who helped him become a star. Hayley Atwell, Imogen Poots, and Ruth Negga co-star.

Open Road and XLrator have yet to announce a U.S. release date.