Legendary rockers THE Rolling Stones have given a movie director their blessing to shoot a biopic of their late guitarist Brian Jones.

Filmmaker STEPHEN WOOLLEY says he's received messages of support from SIR Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, both of whom back his decision to make the film, STONED.

Jones was found dead in his swimming pool at his house in Sussex, England, in July 1969 from what was said to be a drink and drugs overdose.

Speaking at the Cannes Film Festival in France, Woolley said, "From what I have heard, they (the Stones) have no problem with the film or what we are about.

"But I deliberately did not involve them because I did not want it to be a film about The Rolling Stones."

Conspiracy theorists have often declared Jones' death wasn't an accident, and Woolley now claims to have found a fourth anonymous witness whose evidence he believes is so strong he may yet pass on her testimony to the police.

16/05/2005 02:51