We agree with you, Don Cheadle! We'd like to see this project come to life as well.
Cheadle has helped put together a screenplay for a Miles Davis biopic, in which he would star as the man himself. He's hoping Hollywood will back it so he can get going on the project.
Here's what he had to say about it:
“We just turned in the script and we’re going to find some money to make this thing. Now is a good time, 10 years ago would have been a good time, and 10 years from now it will still be a good time to see a dynamic, entertaining movie that’s wall-to-wall Miles Davis where the music will hopefully spark some desire to know more about the man.
We’re trying to do what Miles Davis would have wanted us to do, which is approach it as artists with his life as the canvas. In being successful, some people say he sold out, but it’s the opposite. You can stay in one place forever and try to make the same money from the same core fans, but saying to your audience, ‘I’m going here now, come along or don’t,’ that’s brave, risky and dangerous. That’s what he did, and that’s what we’re trying to honor in this story — that kind of spirit.”
Here's screenwriter Steven Baigelman on the script:
“There would not be a screenplay without Don Cheadle. We’ve had our nose to the ground doing a lot of researching, talking, walking, watching and listening. … It’s been an enlightening experience, to say the least.
Like Bitches Brew and Miles’ music in general, it’s not about reaching perfection. Miles never wanted that, he was looking for the mistake to allow the person into the process. You want to know everything about Miles Davis? There are books and documentaries; we wanted to create an interesting character for an audience today. Miles was at a juncture in his life where, if he didn’t rediscover the art, he would die, and Don has this point of view about bringing in other hip-hop artists, to play with Miles Davis' music so the idea is for somebody to hear Jay-Z’s version then turn to the original to learn more about Miles Davis.”
It sounds like a wonderful project! We hope you're able to get it going soon, Don!
We wish U the best of luck with this, bb!
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