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The Miles Davis Movie: Who is writing the script?

As a writer this is a topic very near and dear to my heart. As the old theatre cliché’ goes, “if it ain’t on the page, it ain’t on the stage!” And while the film business is mostly a directors’ medium, the screenwriter and script still plays an essential part of the movie-making process.

Yes, there are plenty of movies in theatres that give audiences the impression that no one even bothered to hire a screenwriter, but in the best scenarios, the script presents the ideal foundation for a director’s vision and we, as movie fans, are rewarded with something memorable on the big screen.

Be it from pen, typewriter or computer screen, talented screenwriters have provided us memorable characters and classic dialogue – two features sure to be part of the Miles Davis biopic.

So… according to news reports last year the Miles Davis project has the Oscar-nominated screenwriting and producing duo, Chris Wilkinson and Stephen J. Rivele on tap to pen the script.

Between adapting the life story of Muhammad Ali for Michael Mann’s “Ali” and writing the script for Oliver Stone’s “Nixon” – two, ‘big’ movies – I am confident these two can handle the scope of a Miles Davis project. And having already penned two movies based on legendary figures doesn’t hurt at all.

According to IMDB the duo are also on tap for what is being called the “Untitled Jackie Robinson Project,” so clearly these guys are on a lot of Hollywood execs’ rolodexes for writing a biopic.

This all bodes well for the Miles Davis movie.

An aside: On Chris Wilkinson’s IMDB page there is an entry for “The Miles Davis Documentary,” which is listed as a TV project for 2008. It says to be still ‘in production,’ but I’m a little fuzzy on the details. I checked the always informative official Miles Davis website and there wasn’t anything reported.

There are numerous parts of the Miles Davis biopic puzzle we could discuss as being more important than others, but the script is definitely at the top somewhere. I’m not sure if even a first draft has been finished, but no doubt it’s going to be the groundwork in bringing the ‘character’ of Miles Davis to life on the big screen.

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11 thoughts on “The Miles Davis Movie: Who is writing the script?

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  7. Clearly, the Miles Davis film group people have basically admitted to the same striking theme of David Louis Whitehead’s musical play “Miles Davis Narration and Tunes”. It’s the same plot, concept, and expressions of ideas. I think that the Writers Guild should intervene in the matter, there is no way around the potential theft of intellectual property, which is copyrighted. One thing about a plagarist, he or she cannot break away from an image instilled in their minds. Once a person see something, they cannot reinvent another episode, only the object and/or thing, or place in which they seen previously.

    David Louis Whitehead, writer, author, professor, screenplay, actor, playwright, activist.

  8. People in General loves the truth. There’s nothing greater than the musical play, “Miles Davis Narration and Tunes”.

    People beat off seeing it, I’m told. Cheadle and the rest of them are not in David Louis Whitehead’s league, and everyone knows it.


  9. Steven Speilberg knows the power of David Whitehead, so does Martin Scorsese, Woody Alen and Charles Burnett. The monster directors. Bill Duke also knows…. Don Cheadle’s attempt to touch David Whitehead’s Miles Davis musical play with his film is sick. He’s not in the league and will never be.

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