Don Cheadle x Miles Davis Biopic

blame it on JES7 May 30, 2012

MilesTrane: Two legends in the studio. John Coltrane in the foreground, Miles Davis in the back

First a Hendrix biopic starring Andre 3 Stacks, and now a biopic of Miles Davis? Word the fuck up! Although not official, official yet, Don has confirmed that the project is in the works. However, the film is not expected to be your ordinary biopic. No, Cheadle says the film will be more art: “His story won’t be a straightforward biopic so much as a “cubist” “gangster pic” set in 1979, when the iconic American musician wasn’t even active in the music world.” The film’s director is George Tillman Jr, the man behind the lens of Notorious. Sounds pretty dope and exciting!

I don’t think anyone’s going to be making the kind of movie we’re making. It’s not a biopic, per se. It’s 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.