Miles Davis

Miles Davis was among the most spectacular talents of the 20th century, fiery and commanding on stage, and fearless as a songwriter. He pushed jazz forward in ways that are incredible, coming from just one man. Offstage, his life was complicated, as his temper could be just as explosive as his music. He dealt with drug addiction and had complicated personal relationships with women, and with many figures in the music scene.

While Davis appeared as an actor in some minor roles (he was in Scrooged!), he has never been portrayed on screen in a major way. That will change when Don Cheadle stars as Davis in Kill the Trumpet Player, which will also mark Cheadle’s debut as a feature director. The film has been in development for years, but appears ready to shoot now, at last.  Read More »


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When we first reported on the impending Miles Davis biopic from Notorious director George Tillman Jr. this past fall, we wondered how that news might affect the other Davis picture, which actor Don Cheadle has been developing for the past several years. As it turns out, Cheadle’s not too worried — because 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. Wait, what? Read his quotes after the jump.

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George Tillman Jr., who previously brought rapper Notorious B.I.G.’s life to the big screen in Notorious, is lined up to direct another musical biopic, this time about legendary jazz musician Miles Davis. Tentatively titled Miles, the project is based on the book Dark Magus: The Jekyll and Hyde Life of Miles Davis by Davis’ son Gregory Davis. Gregory Davis will serve as a consultant on the picture, with Nick Davis Raynes and Ged Dickersin and lined up to produce. More details after the jump.

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