The question of release dates is probably best answered by people in the film biz, preferably movie execs, marketing gurus and distribution folks, but I’m nevertheless curious – especially when it comes to a film I am highly (highly) anticipating.
I’ll just come right out and say that a Miles Davis biopic does not scream summer to me.
Call me crazy, but it feels like fall to me.
And with the Don Cheadle-as-Miles Davis part of the equation, you can definitely count on the film to hit Oscar’s radar, so fall (October/November) might be aces for a release date.
Hey, they might release the movie in February, so really – what do I know?
Whenever the film does hit theatres, I am predicting a lot of press, a lot of Oscar buzz and, happily, plenty of feature stories on Miles Davis and his music.
Of course, I do not believe there’s a distribution deal in place at this time, but I’m going on the assumption it won’t be too difficult to find a suitor.
The thing is, without knowing budgets and other matters of the production, I really don’t know whether the Miles Davis biopic is going to be a big-budget operation or an indie-pic that winds up at Sundance.
Update: I just read some old news clips and it seems as if the film will be independently financed – however, a studio might join the party down the road.
I have thought about the film as both a glossy Hollywood film and an independent-style project, and I can see the movie ‘working’ in both respects. But I will say that my preference is somewhere down the middle.
Whatever that means….