A Miles Davis Fever Dream: DP Roberto Schaefer on Miles Ahead

Like many aspiring filmmakers, cinematographer Roberto Schaefer spent his youth fermenting his imagination by creating his own backyard epics. But unlike your typical kid – who concentrates on, depending on the era, recreating Harryhausen or Spielberg or maybe just blowing up G.I. Joes with M-80s on camera – Schaefer crafted abstract, experimental 8mm films.

“I did do a couple of stop-motion things, but I was always more into art than movies growing up,” Schaefer said. “I liked going to the movies, but I wasn’t thinking about making movies like the ones I saw at the theater. I was thinking about film as art for art’s sake.”

Source: Filmmaker Magazine

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What Would Miles Davis Do? Robert Glasper Has an Idea

When Miles Davis died 25 years ago, he left behind a peerless body of work, a complicated legend and a formidable archival trove. Given his compulsion for reinvention — the spark behind his famous boast that he’d “changed music five or six times” — his death at 65 also opened the door to endless rounds of conjecture. What other directions might Davis, the volatile and enigmatic trumpeter, have explored? Who would he be collaborating with today?

Source: The New York Times

‘Miles Ahead’ Lands At Sony Classics

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired worldwide rights to Miles Ahead, the Miles Davis biopic starring Don Cheadle who makes his directorial debut on the movie. The pic tells the story of a few lost days in the life of the trumpet icon as he bursts out of his silent period, conspires with a Rolling Stone writer (Ewan McGregor) to steal back his music, and relives the years he had with his great love Frances Taylor.

The film is premiering October 11 as the closing-night selection at the New York Film Festival. SPC did not offer up a release date yet though it it certain to get a prime awards-season slot.

Via Deadline

* I have been covering the story of the Miles Davis Movie since 2008, so this is news that is long-overdue – and rather exciting. One step closer to the big screen.

MilesDavis.com Gets A Much-Needed, Long Overdue Redesign

The official website for Miles Davis finally gets a long-overdue redesign that delivers the proper online platform to help bolster the digital aspirations of the Miles Davis Brand, all the while presenting the fans a nice portal to learn about the jazz icon.

The new website still lacks a ‘voice’ behind the content to link together the news, the community, and the opinion that surrounds the jazz legend. But the new MilesDavis.com is a massive leap forward for the digital side of the Miles Davis brand, especially for the fans.

MilesDavis.com might lack a few of the subtle design and content features of a Sinatra.com, for example, but as far as corporate official websites go, the newly redesigned MilesDavis.com is a huge improvement to what Sony/Legacy had previously offered since taking over the digital operations from the Miles Davsi Estate many years back.

From a purely aesthetic angle, the new website is a major league upgrade from the design mess that preceded it. It’s much easier to navigate, much more focused on how readers connect with the various content. The decision to move to the WordPress platform was a wise one, and the theme they chose to publish with is solid.

We especially like the visual display of the Miles Davis discography broken up into the jazz legend’s most notable musical eras. We have presented this type of feature for a long time, but only via links.

It’s nice to see a version 2 appear on the new MilesDavis.com.

The news/blog is what you’d expect from a corporate source, but the information is current and provides good info for fans.

They even (finally) incorporated news about the upcoming Miles Davis Movie, which I have razzed them about for years.

The new website does not feature anything resembling a hub for ‘fans’ to interact via photos, comments, etc. That takes a little more management in the day-to-day operation, but the reality is that MilesDavis.com should be the #1 portal for fans everywhere. Too be fair, they do have a robust social media presence on Twitter and FB, which does solve some of the ‘community’ issues.

We have (lightly) bashed the official website for a long time; forever a glaring, weak link in the Business of Miles Davis. But now we applaud loudly the big changes made to the website.

The store features some nice apparel and music, and the new Biography – written by Grammy-Award Winning author Ashley Kahn – is superb. They should consider a visual timeline featuring the music and notable moments from Davis’ life.

Linking up with Worn Free for their Miles Davis apparel is a nice addition for people looking for cool t-shirts, hoodies, etc…

In the past I have written that the website just wasn’t good enough, not when associated with an iconic, worldwide brand such as Miles Davis.

So I’m here to say congrats to all involved with putting together a new Miles Davis official website fans can be proud of.

There’s still lots of room for further development of content and interactive features for the fans, but the new design and functionality gets an A.

Worn Free Launches New Miles Davis T-Shirt Line

Los Angeles based apparel company Worn Free, known for its vintage original tees, have announced the launch of their new Miles Davis t-shirt line. The shirts and sweatshirts come in eight different unique designs celebrating the late jazz trumpeter’s legacy.

Miles Davis was a force in the jazz world and his contributions to music are still felt today. He is considered one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century. His career spanned over five decades and saw him perform with the likes of Charlie Parker, John Coltrane as well as now legendary artists including pianists Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea, saxophonist Kenny Garrett and guitarist John Scofield, just to name a few.

Worn Free’s Steven Coe said, “As a huge fan of Miles Davis personally this is one of the rewarding projects that I have created for Worn Free. Miles’s family have truly been a joy to work with and have given me a lot of creative freedom and encouragement throughout this process.” Coe continued, “Miles is such an inspiration that the hardest thing has been narrowing down the designs, we have some great shirts in this first offering and many more exciting surprises to come.”

Miles Davis is noted for his fearless and restless leaps in music. His 1959 album Kind of Blue is the best-selling jazz album of all time and introduced modal improvisation and just over ten years later in 1970 Miles created jazz and rock fusion with his epic effort Bitches Brew. In his later years, he infused hip-hop into his music working with Easy Mo Bee on his posthumous 1992 album Doo Bop.

Miles Davis passed away back on Sept. 28, 1991 and his music is as relevant today as it was when it was breaking down musical barriers in the ’50s and ’60s. His likeness is featured on a U.S. Postage stamp, which has sold more than 23 million copies to date. Over the summer, he was also honored with a New York city Street re-naming of West 77th Street to “Miles Davis Way,” to honor his former place of residency. He is the only jazz artist to ever be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

The Miles Davis t-shirt line is priced at $35 – $50 and is available exclusively here. Shirts include some classic Davis quotes including “Don’t play what’s there, play what’s not there” and “Don’t fear mistakes, there are none.”

Brand (Un)Awareness: Official Miles Davis Website Still Underwhelms

The news of the Miles Davis Movie starring and directed by Don Cheadle finally getting the green light – after years and years of development hell – is a few months old. And yet, this news, big news in the world of Miles Davis, is not mentioned anywhere on the official Miles Davis website.

This strikes me as odd.

If one is to believe MilesDavis.com is the online hub for the brand, then it would seem that the official site should be exploding with excitement that the film project is moving forward.

A project, let’s not forget, with the full backing from the Miles Davis Estate – more specifically, Davis’ three heirs who oversee all business matters related to the jazz legend: his son Erin, his daughter, Cheryl, and their cousin Vince Wilburn Jr.

So why the disconnect? Not even a link to a news story – and there were plenty of news stories about the Miles Davis Movie, known as “Kill the Trumpet Player”, finally getting the go-ahead.

Even if the official website is managed by Sony, why not have info posted on the homepage?

The truth is that while MilesDavis.com is a serviceable official website, it’s really not that good – or particularly useful. It’s greatest attribute is that it features the most desirable of the Miles Davis web domain names. It ranks #1 on Google for ‘Miles Davis’, and that’s nothing to sneeze at.

But it is not an all-encompassing online hub, which is something we try to be around here at Miles Davis Online. But MilesDavis.com has the estate support, and Sony and the vaults and lord knows what else, so it’s upsetting to think how mediocre the website is when it could be something terrific.

Kobalt Music Group just signed a huge deal with the estate to administer the entire catalog of the late jazz icon.

Key line: “Kobalt… aims to “develop new creative opportunities” as well as tap Davis’ works for use in films, television, advertising and other media.”

One can only hope “other media” includes the world wide web.

I have gone on ad neaseum about all the cool entertainment and business opportunities that can be built for a robust official website. (A Miles Davis iPhone App Would Be Nice)

There is terrific opportunity to be creative and produce engaging content, while generating revenue. It could be a win-win for all.

But for some reason the ‘Internet’ side of the Miles Davis Business is shoved off to the side – at least right now.

I have zero info as to what is really going on behind the scenes, but the official website has not been good for a long long time, so it’s not as if this is a new issue. Becasue I want it to be so good, so much a true portal for ‘All Things Miles Davis’, that I get over-excited about the situation.

Miles Davis Online has been around for a lot of years now, and I have worked hard to create a smart, creative web endeavor focused on Miles Davis.

I can only dream about the possibilities if I had the incredible resources of the Miles Davis Estate, along with the music labels, to produce a truly spectacular ‘official’ website.

Becasue the official website resides with Sony, there is no ‘voice’ associated with the product. It is merely an adequate, corporate website for Miles Davis. There’s no passion baked in. It’s just a basic set-up that’s been outdated for years now. They have produced some cool design contests and other interactive projects – but the website overall (usability, design, functionality) is just not where it needs to be.

I don’t think that’s good enough, not with an iconic, worldwide brand such as Miles Davis.

It does not need to be something extravagant. No one expects the Wall Street Journal of official websites, but there is most definitely a better strategy for building a solid brand online for Miles Davis.

Onward and upward.

The Business of Miles Davis: Building the Brand for A New Generation, But A Digital Plan Remains Elusive

blue-kind-of Making Sure Miles Stays Forever Young is a very good article in the Sunday New York Times about the business of Miles Davis and how the estate is working to keep the brand going strong for a new generation of fans.

But something is missing.

Amid all the conversation in the article about collaborating with hip-hop artists, the Don Cheadle biopic, the museum exhibition, and the Lord only knows how much music remains in the vaults, there was not a single mention of the Internet, not a word about digital strategy, or even if a digital strategy exists.

“We’re talking to everybody, because we’re involved in growing and promoting and exposure,” Erin Davis said during a long joint interview late last month at the office of the heirs’ publicists here. “It’s taken me 20 years to realize what we’re doing and how it affects the future.”

I can only hope that “talking to everybody” includes digital media folks.

For the brand to truly develop and continue to remain strong down the road then there must be an aggressive digital drive, a creative plan to embrace the new digital landscape.

This might be happening. But it surely wasn’t mentioned in the NY Times article.

Davis’ three heirs who manage the estate – his son Erin, his daughter, Cheryl, and their cousin Vince Wilburn Jr. – have done a masterful job with the re-releases and pushing the brand into new areas, but there continues be a disconnect between the Miles Davis brand and digital media.

There was a time when the estate owned and operated MilesDavis.com. Then they handed over the management to Sony. I think this was a big mistake.

Sony handles plenty of artists’ websites, and MilesDavis.com isn’t so terrible. But it’s just another official website, nothing special, nothing to get excited about. It’s nothing to keep a Miles Davis fan coming back for more. MilesDavis.com doesn’t need to be Elvis.com, which you must admit is terrific for Elvis Presley fans, but it should absolutely be the hub for the Miles Davis brand online.

MilesDavis.com should be the definitive digital platform for All Things Miles Davis. It’s not. At least not right now.

If anything, Miles Davis Online is the place for All Things Miles Davis, even if we are just a simple Blog without any of the resources and access. But we’re trying hard – and have been since 2007.

I firmly believe MilesDavis.com could deliver endless entertainment for fans, plus provide numerous advertising/sponsorship opportunities to actually drive a profit online.

They could be streaming concerts. They could sell exclusive mp3s. The could put a greater emphasis on multimedia. Why not release a collection of rare tracks online-only? How about unseen photos? How about an online auction for charity?

Where is the awesome Miles Davis App?

We produced an Artist Series on Miles Davis Online to feature designers, photographers, painters, etc. who have incorporated Miles Davis into their work.

It’s easy for me to make suggestions. No doubt there are legal/rights/other issues to deal with when working with so much content from various sources. But still, the opportunity for a first-rate digital strategy is not out of reach.

To keep the Miles Davis strong, and ready for the next generation to discover and enjoy, digital media is where this endeavor needs to happen. Sure, collaborations with hip-hop artists has some appeal, and might lead to something interesting, but it seems like a short-term play. I like Questlove of the Roots, but I, personally, have zero interest in hearing a collaboration between he and Miles Davis. But that’s just me. I’m a little older, so I would rather have access to unseen photos, hear rare studio tracks, etc…

It’s clear the estate have a big box of ideas. And they have mentioned in the past that they get offers all the time – many not so good. So I applaud the careful approach the trio takes in building the brand.

But with no robust digital strategy, the brand is left to play catch-up online.

With Sony managing the ‘official website’ it’s unclear how much input the estate has in content, etc. But there is no doubt a void.

The Miles Davis Biopic is a project that’s been in development a long time (with blessings from the estate), but there is no mention on the official website. Is that odd? I think so.

Currently Don Cheadle (set to star and direct) is at AFM trying to get the project a deal, but the article has this:

Ms. Davis said that they have been in discussions with the actor and producer Don Cheadle about a biopic — Mr. Cheadle would star and direct — but that “some questions remain.”

In discussions? Cheadle has been linked to the project since 2007! To read that quote is to believe the idea of the movie project was just thought of a few weeks ago.

What discussions could they be having? Maybe they aren’t sold on Cheadle’s quirky plot for the non-biopic. Cheadle has already said filming is set for next summer. The whole point of having the estate involved is to have access to the music. That is the key to the entire movie. Does anyone want to see a movie about Miles Davis and not hear at least a few classic tunes? Anyone can make a movie about Miles Davis. But not everyone can have the rights to the music.

But back to digital strategy. If and when this biopic gets going, is there going to be a synergy between the official website and the film? There should be. I have already written plenty about how the movie can generate even more buzz via the web.

“Thank goodness, we all get along, that we’re on the same page, so that there can be movement,” Mr. Wilburn said. “You can’t get locked into one thing. You’ve got to keep it fresh. Hey, this is global, this is Miles Davis.

Miles Davis is global. But the brand needs a strong digital strategy to properly link the worldwide audience of Miles Davis fans, new and old, together.

Many of the releases in recent years, including Monday’s, seem aimed at completists and other longtime fans. The bigger test is the casual listener, especially a new generation that may be only vaguely aware of Davis.

That “new generation” is online, on tablets, and on a mobile phone.

The Miles Davis Movie: Better as A Documentary Film?

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I read an article in Variety about the difficult marketplace for music documentaries.

We’ve definitely come a long way from the Oscar-winning “Woodstock” and other classic, music docs like (the awesome) “The Last Waltz” and (equally great) “Stop Making Sense” — there have been plenty of good music films over the years, but the market has changed, how entertainment is consumed keeps evolving and this leaves music projects without proper distribution, or none at all.

As noted in the article, “Much of it has to do with round-the-clock access to popular music via cable and the Net, with sites like YouTube and Wolfgangsvault offering free streaming and downloads of rare and vintage performances that were once the exclusive domain of bootleg collectors, not to mention the increasing audio and video sophistication of home theater systems.”

I discussed awhile back if a biopic about Miles Davis would be better served by a 9-part Ken Burns documentary on PBS. Maybe 9-parts is a personal dream, but I still wonder if it’s a more accommodating venue for telling the complete story as opposed to a 2½-hour film. I even mentioned the idea of a 5-part/10-hour HBO movie event (like “John Adams”) that provides the luxury of time to tell the complete story.

But then there’s a music documentary – like “The Last Waltz.” I can only imagine the wealth of archived footage wherein to find live performance, interviews and who knows what else. Then, of course, you get the appropriate talking heads to give the project its necessary gravitas.

I should add that, according to Miles Davis biopic screenwriter Christopher Wilkinson’s IMDB page, there is a Miles Davis documentary currently in production and, I believe, slated to air on HBO.

Whether or not it’s shaping up to be an updated version of The Miles Davis Story, which came out in 2001, I don’t know, but a new documentary is forthcoming; not sure if it’s just a coincidence that one of the biopic screenwriters is directing the TV doc.

And though I welcome a new TV project about Miles Davis, a theatrical documentary is a different beast. But after reading about the state of new films, featuring big names and classic bands, having a tough go in the marketplace, maybe it’s best to keep the focus on Don Cheadle’s movie version of the Miles Davis story.

Is a music documentary about Miles Davis commercially and financially viable? That all depends how you measure it, but I’ll say the movie would draw crowds worldwide. It’s a project that may require a bigger name in the director’s chair (besides Cheadle), or some Hollywood heft in the supporting roles, and would presumably use the film festival circuit as a launch pad, but overall I think it’s a feasible endeavor.

I’m a fan of musical/non-musical film documentaries, so a project about Miles Davis is right in my wheelhouse, but I’d be lying if I said I’m not more than a little anxious to see what a talent like Don Cheadle can do with the story of the jazz icon.

The Miles Davis story deserves the majesty of cinema and all the Hollywood, hype, fascination and glamour that goes with it.

The Miles Davis Movie: What A Long, Strange Trip It Still Is

milesopening When all is said and done there’s going to quite a story to write about the saga of bringing the life of Miles Davis to the big screen. There’s been one project or another circling the development track for years; one example from way back in 1993 had reports of Wesley Snipes preparing to star as the jazz icon, and just a few years ago Quincy Troupe’s “Miles and Me” was the possible foundation for a film.

What we have right now, and what appears the best hope for a big-screen version of Miles’ life, is an “authorized” biopic with the blessing of the Miles Davis estate; reports of the biopic hit the news cycle in March 2007 with the story about Don Cheadle lining up future projects to produce and star in. It was reported that Cheadle would make the Davis biopic his feature directing debut and that Stephen J. Rivele and Chris Wilkinson were writing the screenplay.

Cheadle set up the projects through his Crescendo Prods. and is producing the biopic with Cary Brokaw and Vince Wilburn Jr. and Darryl Porter of Miles Davis Properties.

Perhaps the most critical element in all of this is Cheadle’s team securing music and life rights to the jazz legend’s story, which gives the undertaking the requisite gravitas to become the ‘official’ biopic of Miles Davis.

(Cheadle’s participation in “Iron Man 2” and “The Avengers,” among other projects, has added barriers to any real momentum toward getting production started on the biopic. This isn’t to say I’m not thrilled for Cheadle’s much-deserved roles in Hollywood blockbusters, or any movie he takes on, but the state of the Miles Davis biopic is what draws my interest, concern and allegiance.)

But two years later and the Miles Davis biopic continues in its comfortable status of in-development.

Needless to say the endeavor to get a film made about Miles Davis is creating quite the folklore.

I found a good post on Doug Ramsey’s Rifftides Blog from November 2006 called Miles Davis: The Movie?. Ramsey had some thoughts on the news of two, possible motion pictures that were being discussed for the Miles Davis story; one, the above-mentioned project based on Quincy Troupe’s memoir, which would go under the ‘unauthorized’ category, and the ‘authorized’ biopic from the estate, which we know today as the Don Cheadle project.

Three years later and still no movie. Progress has been made by virtue of a script floating around town somewhere and Cheadle offering up a few, subtle clues about his vision for the biopic, but any hope for a production start date is a ways off.

It’s been brought up before, and I’ve wondered as well, if the story of the Prince of Darkness is un-filmable. My stock answer is usually ‘no,’ but I’ll admit it’s definitely a tall order. But I have hope. I firmly believe Cheadle is the best actor to portray Miles Davis (a career-defining role in my opinion) and tell the story. He might be envisioning something non-traditional in how to ‘film’ that story, but I’m confident it’ll be special.

Back in ’06 Ramsey recalled an encounter with Miles Davis and then added this about the possibility of a biopic: “If there is a movie, I hope it includes that thoughtful facet of a complicated man.”

Here we are in 2009 and the “If” still rings as loud… as we wait.

And wait.

Miles Davis wins the Grammy! “Kind Of Blue: 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition” wins the Grammy for Best Album Notes

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Congratulations Francis Davis, who wrote the album notes, Columbia/Legacy Recordings and everyone involved with the “Kind of Blue: 50th Anniversary Collector’s Edition” for winning the Grammy for Best Album Notes.

The Miles Davis Movie: PG-13 or Rated R?

miles-davis-biographyNo biopic of Miles Davis, be it traditional narrative or off the wall bizarre, is going to be genuine without a great deal of bad language. The man could turn a phrase, as it were.

Flip through a few pages of his entertaining autobiography (here’s page 65!) and it’s clear Miles Davis had a talent for the profane.

But it was always more than just one “motherf**ker” after another. To categorize Miles as simply a master of dirty words is missing the bigger picture entirely. Amid the obscene language is much wisdom and understanding, a gift for storytelling and a ‘cool,’ linguistic style. Some people just have a way of putting things. Certainly after awhile the expletives can feel like a brick to the head, but there was often ‘truth’ wrapped up with the colorful language.

Nevertheless, Miles Davis could rock the bad words – no way around it. And that was just who he was/is. So for the biopic I wonder how much profanity is already in the script and just how much they will allow in the film. I figure anything under 20 “motherf**kers” and it’s just not cricket.

And here is where the MPAA comes into play, while Don Cheadle and team have to decide whether or not the Miles Davis biopic is going to built for Rated R or PG-13.

Personally I think it can succeed either way; let’s figure not too much violence and sex, but a heavy dose of strong language, alcohol/drug content and the always helpful ‘adult themes.’

I checked IMDB, and for a traditional music biopic like Ray, the MPAA gave it a PG-13 rating for ‘depiction of drug addiction, sexuality and some thematic elements.’ On the flip side, a non-traditional music biopic such as I’m Not There was Rated R for ‘language, some sexuality and nudity.’

You could make the case that an R rating might hurt the film at the box office, but then again The Godfather is Rated R, so that’s about as good a counter-argument as it gets. Perhaps it doesn’t really matter as long as the film is great.

It’s interesting, not too mention frustrating, how the MPAA ratings systems works. There’s a wealth of excellent anti-ratings system material to get a feel for some of the hypocrisy and silliness surrounding the process of putting a rating on a film. Kirby Dick’s This Film Is Not Yet Rated is a fantastic documentary which explores the American movie ratings board.

Now if I could only get my hands on that script I’d have a much better idea of where this Miles Davis biopic ship is headed….

Miles Davis and the road to success

499725441_ed355f1a31 Great post over at Prevential, Derek Halpern’s online resource for success driven individuals, by Matt Rodela called A Lesson in Cool: What Miles Davis Taught Us About Success.

A jazz fan with a penchant for entrepreneurship, Rodela illustrates how music and business are connected. It’s an interesting breakdown of how many of the techniques Miles Davis used during his career to ‘stay ahead of the curve’ can be helpful in the pursuit of achieving success.

Rodela writes, “There is a lot that this genius of hip can teach us about being successful.”

Amen to that.

Miles Davis & Movie Marketing

miles66 One day someone is going to have to develop a marketing campaign for the Miles Davis biopic; this issue interests me a great deal because the advertising/marketing component of a film, big or small, can be the difference between success and failure – regardless if the movie is any good or not.

So I wanted to link to a Tad Friend report in a recent issue of The New Yorker that goes deep Inside a movie marketer’s playbook. It’s an interesting read and gives a detailed account of the hard work, stress and creativity that goes into getting people to the movie theatre. Not an easy task these days.

Don Cheadle inks TV production deal; ‘Miles Davis’ the TV series sounds like a great idea!

3322 Don Cheadle is looking to broaden his creative endeavors by dipping a toe into the TV ‘biz. The talented actor and star of the one-day-it-will-be-here biopic of Miles Davis signed a two-year deal at Universal Media Studios.

Under the pact, announced Thursday during NBC’s portion of the winter Television Critics Assn. press tour, Cheadle’s Crescendo Prods. will develop series projects for the studio.

Crescendo recently signed a two-year feature deal with Overture Films, but I’m not sure if Overture is in play for the Miles Davis biopic at this point. They recently produced “Traitor” and the documentary “Darfur Now.”

Seriously – a TV series based on the life and times of Miles Davis? How is that not appointment television? A mini-series might not be too terrible either.

In truth, I don’t think the deal means Cheadle is going to start acting on TV (although he was awesome in a guest spot on “ER” and has appeared on a bunch of series in the past), but at least it’s nice to know someone with his talent will be developing projects for the little screen.

The Miles Davis Movie: Next year (or the next) at Sundance?

icon-miles The bacchanal of independent cinema, Hollywood business and celebrity worship known as the Sundance Film Festival kicks off today in idyllic Park City (at least when the town isn’t overrun by the festival). It’s another year loaded with buzz-worthy indie flicks and sleeper titles all vying for that lucrative distribution deal.

So as the curtain for this year’s Sundance opens I begin to wonder if the Miles Davis biopic is destined to be an entry one of these years… albeit a high-profile entry, but a project nevertheless in search of a studio to distribute the film. I touched on the distribution issue back in June.

I’ve wondered about Cannes as a possible starting point for the movie (you can add Venice and Toronto to the mix as well). But assuming the biopic is without a distributor in place when production wraps then might we be seeing the Miles Davis biopic traveling to the ski slopes and movie houses of Park City in 2010, or – gasp! – 2011?