While the name ‘Miles Davis’ doesn’t come up in Jay A. Fernandez’s Hollywood Reporter item about the pitfalls of trying to produce a biopic, his points are still well taken.
There are at least three dozen biopics lining the benches of major studios, though not all are actively being developed. Those swelling ranks might be a function of our 21st century addiction to celebrity, but just as few finished products will make it onto a screen as 30 or 50 years ago. Musicians remain a popular target because of the built-in ancillary boost from their soundtracks.
It’s all just too depressing.