Miles Davis

Don Cheadle for Miles Davis biopic

More than two years ago, we thought Don Cheadle‘s passion project, a Miles Davis biopic titled Miles Ahead, would be coming soon. Well, it’s finally about to begin shooting, and the aim is for a 2015 release. It’s not surprising that it’s taking so long. As Cheadle said when we quoted him in that old post, “This is the kind of movie the business 10 years ago may have leapt at. But now, you don’t really see movies like this.” Apparently there’s still not a lot of leaping going on, so the project has gone to the people for help. This week, the production launched a flexible crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo with a goal of $325k, which is only the part of the budget that Cheadle isn’t putting in himself. And in only two days, they’ve made a quarter of that. Cheadle, who will be starring as the legendary musician and making his directorial debut with the film, appears in two videos so far on the campaign’s page. In the first, a normal intro and call for help, he talks about his passion for the project and why it actually makes sense that a movie about Davis should have this sort of social element. You can also see him practice a bit on the trumpet after talking about the musical involvement of Herbie Hancock and Robert Glasper and a soundtrack comprised of modern artists such as (possibly) Jay-Z, Skrillex, Kendrick Lamar, Dr. Dre and Nas. In the second video, posted today as […]

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“This is the kind of movie the business 10 years ago may have leapt at. But now, you don’t really see movies like this. We have a studio offer and we’re trying to back into a budget number, like we always have to do, without gutting the piece.” That’s Don Cheadle telling The Wall Street Journal that the Miles Davis movie he wants to star in and direct is on the edge of coming close to nearing the zone of being a possible studio project. The actor, who also plays trumpet, explained that the film itself wasn’t a pure biopic, but “a gangster pic. It’s a movie that Miles Davis would have wanted to star in. Without throwing history away, we’re trying to shuffle it and make it more cubist. The bulk of it takes place in ’79, in a period where he actually wasn’t playing. But we traverse a lot of it his life, but it’s not a cradle to grave story.” Cubist? Picasso would be proud. So would later-life Miles Davis. This is the kind of comment that leaves heads being scratched, and that may be the best kind of real start for a picture about the man who gave birth to The Cool and whipped up a mean Bitches Brew. Cheadle also responded to the announcement of another Miles Davis biopic being directed by George Tillman, Jr. (Notorious, Faster) saying, essentially, the more the merrier. He remarked that he had rights to all the music he’d need […]

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published: 11.21.2014
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