Lucky for us writer Keith Wagstaff asked Cheadle about the Miles Davis Biopic.
However, it’s tough not to feel a little deflated once you’ve read Cheadle’s answer.
DETAILS: What’s the deal with this Miles Davis biopic we keep hearing about? First we hear you’re acting in it, then you’re directing it, then you’re not directing it . . .
DON CHEADLE: I was always starring in it. That’s one of those things we’re still trying to put together. But we’re not letting go, we’re still pursuing it. I don’t really like to talk about these kinds of things until they’re actually happening. I’m kind of superstitious.
It’s the, “we’re not letting go, we’re still pursuing it” line that stands out. This has the feeling of a project with little to no momentum going into 2013.
Maybe the financing part is proving to be too high a mountain to climb. Maybe a film about Miles Davis just isn’t drawing enough interest to make it work.
Something is holding up this movie. I have been following the project since 2007, when Cheadle signed on, and I never thought it would take this long.
But this is clearly not a project that’s anywhere near close to a production start. Yes, there is a script floating around, and Antoine Fuqua is now directing, which is a pretty big deal, but nothing is ‘actually happening’ if you go by Cheadle’s words.
I wonder how the George Tillman Jr./Nick Raynes film about Miles Davis is coming together. Based on the book “Dark Magus: The Jekyll and Hyde Life of Miles Davis” by Davis’ eldest son, Gregory Davis, the movie project does not have the blessing of the Miles Davis estate, nor will it contain the bulk of Davis’ legendary music, but there’s a chance this version of the Davis story gets made before Cheadle’s.
Or perhaps they are finding the same problems in putting together a movie about Miles Davis.
I asked once, so I’ll ask again: Is there an exit plan for Don Cheadle?