Angryfilms, Bellport 'Slide' with Hendrix
R.H. Greene to write and direct the fictional indie dramaDon Murphy's Angryfilms is teaming with Bellport Pictures' Carol Lewis to make "Slide," a fictional indie drama featuring Jimi Hendrix being written by R.H. Greene, who also will direct.
"Slide" tells the quirky story involving a legendary Hendrix "lost weekend" in the late 1960s. The story revolves around two gangsters, desperately trying to get away from a mob boss they double-crossed, who inadvertently kidnap Hendrix, then at the height of his career and drug addiction. Along the way, Hendrix ends up teaching one of the gangsters about honesty, and Hendrix learns to clean up his act.
For Lewis, a longtime casting director whose credits range from "Kalifornia" to "Nacho Libre," the approach is similar to the one taken in "Cat's Meow," the Peter Bogdanovich-directed movie she produced that fictionally looked at the death of Thomas Ince and the events of yacht excursion with real-life personalities William Randolph Hearst and Marion Davies.
"Slide" is more of a road movie and not a biopic; it will not use Hendrix's music nor feature his family; so, like "Meow," rights won't be an issue. Hendrix's lost weekend has been the subject of several articles and even a graphic novel.
Greene is the author of "Incarnadine: The True Memoirs of Count Dracula," which came out in September. He also wrote and directed "Schlock! The Secret History of American Movies," a documentary about exploitation and sexploitation filmmaking.
The "Slide" producers are out to actors, with a start next year being eyed.