“We just turned in the script and we’re going to find some money to make this thing,” Cheadle told The Hollywood Reporter at a party to celebrate the 40th anniversary of “Bitches Brew.”
“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.”
Steven Baigelman is handling script duties; he took over the writing reins after it apparently didn’t work out with the writing duo of Chris Wilkinson and Stephen J. Rivele.
The great Herbie Hancock is already aboard to score the Miles Davis Biopic.
Cheadle adds: “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.”
Halperin writes that there’s extra pressure for Cheadle, ‘who’s not just a friend to Davis’ son Erin and the estate, but a diehard fan.’
“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,” he said. “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.”
Cheadle is ‘promising a movie that’s “on the edge and feels a little bit dangerous.”
“I think audiences are really sophisticated now and can understand that this is the kind of story that flips the biography on its head.”
Halperin writes that Cheadle and Co. are now hoping ‘studios both major and indie will appreciate the need to recognize the legendary musician with an atypical biopic.
“Atypical” is the key here. Do the people want something like “Ray,” or do they prefer a more avant-garde style in the how the story of the jazz legend is told on screen?
Cheadle had previously said in a chat with Vibe.com that the biopic is “all about his life but it’s not specific facts, those are irrelevant.” To which we asked what ‘specific facts’ about Miles Davis Cheadle considers irrelevant.
In the end, economics might provide the final decision on how the biopic is produced. Miles Davis was complex, but that doesn’t mean a biopic about his life has to be.
Either way, it’s really great to hear from Cheadle about the Miles Davis Movie. Happy to see it’s full steam ahead!
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