Don Cheadle on Becoming Miles Davis

This weekend Mr. Cheadle arrives in “Miles Ahead,” a decidedly nonbiopic-like film about the towering jazz trumpeter and composer. Far from the typical linear film narrative, in which a great jazz voice is inevitably brought down, often for good, by drink or drugs (think “Bird,” “’Round Midnight,” “Let’s Get Lost” or “Lady Sings the Blues”), “Miles Ahead” focuses on a period in the late 1970s when Davis wasn’t performing at all. “I loved the incongruity,” Mr. Cheadle said. “The Miles ‘play what’s not there’ idea of it.”

Since its premiere at the New York Film Festival in October, the movie has earned praise for its unconventional portrait of the influential musician. David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter called it “an adventurous, music-saturated depiction of one of the genre’s undisputed greats,” while A. O. Scott of The New York Times wrote that “anyone who wants to get a jump on possible Oscar nominees for 2017” should see the film.

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The Miles Davis Movie: The Latest News & Updates

200px-porgy_and_bess_miles_davis Happy 2013! All the latest and greatest news about Miles Davis and the Miles Davis Movie (that seems to be titled Kill the Trumpet Player) is happening over at MilesDavisOnline.com.

In the meantime, here are some posts about the Miles Davis Film you might have missed!

Don Cheadle On Miles Davis Biopic: “We’re Not Letting Go”

What Is The Number One Obstacle Facing The Project?

Don Cheadle Still Playing Trumpet, A Good Sign For The Miles Davis Movie

And The Film Title Is… “Kill The Trumpet Player”

Is There An Exit Plan For Don Cheadle?

The Miles Davis Movie: Here’s What We Know (Which Is Not Much)

We’ve been keeping the updates on the Miles Davis Biopic over at Miles Davis Online, but we figured we’d provide a nice update to the original Blog – where it all started!

Don Cheadle Exits Director’s Chair For Antoine Fuqua

Antoine Fuqua IMDB Page Now Lists Miles Davis Project

Don Cheadle Still Mum On The Antoine Fuqua News

Let’s Look At This Thing From A Standpoint Of Status

Report: Don Cheadle Taking Miles Davis Story To Broadway, Movie Version To Follow

The Miles Davis Movie: Is There Yet Another Film About Miles Davis In The Works?

When it comes to the subject of potential films about the life and times of Miles Davis, we have two projects to discuss: Don Cheadle’s longtime-in-development, not a Hollywood biopic thank you very much, project, that is backed by the Davis estate.

Then we have the more recently announced biopic put together by director George Tillman Jr. and producer Nick Raynes, which will be based on the book “Dark Magus: The Jekyll and Hyde Life of Miles Davis” by Davis’ eldest son, Gregory Davis.

But there just might be another movie about Miles Davis. Not so much a cradle-to-grave story, rather a period of time in the jazz legend’s life as told through the eyes of a close friend.

I am speaking of the Quincy Troupe book “Miles and Me”, which was released back in 2004. Troupe was also Davis’ collaborator on “Miles: The Autobiography” – a definite must-read.

Troupe’s straightforward account of his friendship with Davis is a good book for fans of Miles, a revealing look at the man and the artist.

So it’s no surprise that such a personal reflection on time spent with the legendary Miles Davis would make someone think – movie! And that’s what happened in 2004 when Rudy Langlais and his Frigate Bay Filmworks purchased the rights to the book and screenplay “Miles and Me”.

So here we are almost a decade later and what is the status of the film? Good question! The easy answer is that it’s in development. Info is scarce online.

However, while doing some research I found myself reading about screenwriter Tom Rickman (Coal Miner’s Daughter, Everybody’s All-American, Tuesdays With Morrie), which had this line in a bio: “Currently he has completed the Miles Davis story entitled, Miles and Me, for the producer Rudy Langrich (Hotel Rwanda).”

I have a feeling there was a mix-up with the name and it should read “Rudy Langlais”, but I could be mistaken. It doesn’t matter.

The point is that this veteran screenwriter completed a script for a Miles Davis film that looks to be based on Troupe’s book. It’s just a script, so it’s not as if the cameras are about to roll. But at least it does appear the project is moving forward.

The more Miles the better!

The Miles Davis Biopic: A Day In The Life Of Miles Davis

Don Cheadle recently discussed the status of the Miles Davis Biopic in an interview with Collider.com. For me, the highlight of his comments was describing the film as taking place “over a day and a half of his life — a very intense day and a half of his life…”

We’ve known for awhile now the film was going to eschew the usual Hollywood blueprint for biopics (see: Ray), but it’s only now we finally have a firm grasp on the narrative Cheadle has chosen.

Cheadle rams home this point declaring the project is “not a biopic,” so now is a good time for me to stop worrying about the possibility of a cradle-to-grave biopic — because that is not happening. I guess I can also stop calling it the Miles Davis Biopic.

Did I think the first Miles Davis film project to eventually make it into movie theaters would center around an intense, 36-hour moment in his life? No, but my excitement about the endeavor remains steadfast.

But if there’s one thing I’d love to know from Cheadle is what day (and a half), exactly, are we talking about? Is this a real day in the life of Miles Davis, or a day developed purely for film?

And if it is an actual day, just when in the Miles Davis timeline are we talking about?

Is this young Miles? Old Miles? Jazz-fusion Miles? Kicking the drug habit Miles? Recording Kind of Blue Miles?

What’s curious about Cheadle’s comments is that he describes the project as “not deep” and “not serious fare,” yet the day and a half of Davis’ life Cheadle wants to focus on is described as “very intense.”

I might be making it too complicated for my own good. Without actually reading the script I’m just as out of the loop as anyone not associated with the project. Still, I would really… really like to know what day (and a half) they have in mind.

Another aspect of the day and a half framework is how the music of Miles Davis fits in. For awhile now the music rights have reportedly been secured for the film, arguably the most vital ingredient in making any film about Miles Davis.

I think we all know the music will be there, the question is will we see Don Cheadle as Miles Davis playing the music? I cannot imagine this film not featuring performance scenes, be it just Miles in the studio, or on stage in some smoky club.

Screenwriter Steven Baigelman and Cheadle could have easily inserted flashbacks into the script to incorporate more scenes of Miles Davis performing, but we shall see.

Everyone wants something different from a film about Miles Davis, but watching Cheadle portraying the jazz legend while playing the trumpet is one of them.

Biopic, not-a-biopic, or whatever Cheadle and Co. have in mind for the movie is a project I am eagerly awaiting. But because this film focuses solely on one day in the life of the jazz icon, this means the door remains wide open for a director, actor, or studio to jump in and produce yet another movie about Miles Davis – this time along the lines of a traditional biopic.

Today In Miles Davis Movie News…

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I have not posted one of these in awhile. But it had to be done. A few months ago we had a nice flurry of info provided by Don Cheadle, who noted that they had a studio offer. But he has not elaborated.

And so we wait….

The Miles Davis Movie: Don Cheadle Mum On The Other Miles Davis Movie

Last month brought news that director George Tillman Jr. will take the reins on a biopic about Miles Davis. Tentatively titled ‘Miles,’ the film is being developed by the late trumpeter’s son, Gregory, who based the project on his book – “Dark Magus: The Jekyll and Hyde Life of Miles Davis.”

Of course there is the ‘other’ Miles Davis Movie, actor Don Cheadle’s long-gestating project that comes with the blessing of the Miles Davis Estate (Erin Davis, Vince Wilburn Jr.) and all the requisite buzz surrounding the talented Cheadle taking on the challenge of portraying the jazz legend.

My other Miles Davis-related blog – The Miles Davis Movie – debuted back in March 2007 around the time Cheadle joined the project, so that gives you an idea of how long this particular attempt to get the Miles Davis story on the big screen has been in the works.

It was never going to be easy for a variety of reasons, but Cheadle’s involvement as star and director appeared to be the final, and most vital, ingredient to get the movie made.

So here we are with just a few weeks left in 2011 and no real idea of when the Cheadle project is set to start rolling.

As for the new biopic, I have not seen any public comments by Cheadle, or members of the estate, about the Gregory Davis/George Tillman Jr. film.

And to be honest, they really don’t have to say a damn thing. Sure, you wonder if there is pressure on Cheadle to get his film shot and released first, but his schedule looks mighty busy these days, so finding the time – along with financing! – is going to be tricky.

It’s not as if there cannot be two films about Miles Davis, but it was already going to be a tough sell to a general audience for one film, and two could be difficult. The fact that one is a more approachable, Hollywood biopic style (like “Ray”), while Cheadle’s is set to be unconventional in its narrative, might help differentiate the two as the competing Miles Davis biopics are set free into the movie-going world.

The trump card for Cheadle’s project is – Cheadle. He is a well-known, well-respected actor who most believe is perfect to play Miles Davis, and are confident will deliver a knock-out performance. And that’s knowing going in it’s not going to be easy. It would not be easy for anyone to play the role of the jazz icon.

It’s anyone’s guess who Tillman Jr. has in mind for the lead role. Maybe there is a big name out there, or perhaps they go the unknown route. But whoever is selected to play Davis will quickly be sized up alongside Cheadle.

We shall see. As for now, all is quiet as we roll merrily along into 2012.

The Miles Davis Movie: An Offer On The Table, But No Details

No big surprise that there hasn’t been much news lately for the Miles Davis Movie. The project’s chief visionary, Don Cheadle, recently made news by joining Denzel Washington in the Robert Zemeckis drama Flight. And let’s not forget Showtime’s upcoming comedy, House of Lies, which stars Cheadle and Kristen Bell and debuts in early 2012.

Cheadle has commented about the project recently, stating back in July that the movie about Miles Davis is “going to happen,” and that the story takes place ‘over a day and a half of his life.’

The Miles Davis Movie is definitely not on a fast-track to production, that’s for sure.

While spending the past few months promoting his well-received film The Guard, Cheadle has been asked, thankfully, by a few media outlets about the status of the Miles Davis Movie. Though Cheadle has not revealed everything, even in the few blurbs we’ve seen, there has been some good info.

Negativ, an online magazine based out of Germany focused on film and media culture, recently posted a Q&A with Cheadle. At the close of the interview Cheadle does comment on the biopic.

Is it true that you are preparing a movie about Miles Davis?

I can not say much about it yet, but it’s true, we’re just stuck in the preliminary stages. We have an offer and we hope that we can lift the project.

And the offer is? Is that a studio ready to open the vault and get cameras rolling?

Is it an independent producer ready to write a big check to get the movie made?

I’m intrigued with what Cheadle has to say: “We have an offer…”

I guess an offer is better than no offer. But it looks as though nothing is signed, sealed and delivered – as Stevie Wonder would say.

The Miles Davis Movie: Why Not A Feature Documentary About Miles Davis?

I just finished watching When You’re Strange, Tom DiCillo’s feature documentary about the music and legacy of The Doors. I thought it was rather well-done and interesting. I like The Doors, so it’s no stretch for me to be a fan of the doc, which features some mighty impressive footage.

So I wonder, even with Don Cheadle’s ‘not a bio-pic’ movie about Miles Davis slowly crawling towards a production start date, is it possible to get a feature film documentary about the music and legacy of Miles Davis off the ground? And if so, who to make it happen?

Now that we know Cheadle is opting to focus his film’s narrative on an as-yet-unknown day and a half in the life of Miles Davis rather than follow the usual, Hollywood bio-pic blueprint, perhaps a comprehensive feature documentary could be produced to truly capture Davis’ life and music.

I imagine a producer or director interested in such a terrific idea would need the blessings of the Miles Davis estate and various music labels; the music is obviously the key ingredient, but previously unseen footage and assorted photo/audio content is almost a necessity in providing such a film project added importance.

Christopher Wilkinson (who along with Stephen J. Rivele were once the screenwriters on the Untitled Miles Davis Biopic) is working on the TV project The Miles Davis Documentary, which IMDB lists for a 2011 release. I’ve read the doc is headed to HBO, but nothing has been confirmed as of yet.

So we’ll see what Wilkinson comes up with. The producers look to have landed a host of jazz legends and other fine, musical artists to chat about Miles Davis, but hopefully there’s some rare concert footage, or old interviews with Davis, mixed in to give the doc an extra spark. But we remain excited about the upcoming project.

Nevertheless, if the powers that be running the estate that oversees the business of Miles Davis wanted to get moving on a big-time feature documentary I think it would get done.

Cheadle is having trouble finding the funds to get the cameras rolling, so why would a documentary have better luck? It might not, but I have to imagine the cost would be much less. With the exception of interviews to be filmed, everything else is the music and lots and lots of audio and video footage to be edited.

Okay, so it’d be nice to hire someone with a great voice to narrate (famous or not), but that shouldn’t break the bank.

I already offered up the feature film versus Ken Burns’ documentary debate about which is the better way to produce a Miles Davis Biopic, so maybe Ken Burns might want to look into a project about Davis for the big screen.

Then again, if Burns wanted to take a 6-hour documentary about Miles Davis to PBS I’m overjoyed with that idea. I’m also totally ready for a 5-part/10-hour HBO movie event that has the luxury of time to tell the complete story. These two options, plus the feature film doc are great ideas!

I am excited about what Cheadle has up his sleeve. Just watching Cheadle on screen portraying Davis is going to get jazz/music/films fans all worked up when this movie gets done.

But regardless of Cheadle’s final cut, I still think a comprehensive telling of the Miles Davis story is essential.

The Miles Davis Movie: Don Cheadle Says ‘It’s Not A Biopic’

Collider makes my day with a new interview with Don Cheadle.

In between discussing Iron Man 3, The Avengers and his new Showtime project House of Lies, Collider’s Sheila Roberts was able to get Cheadle to discuss the Miles Davis Biopic.

Q: A while back you talked to us about the Miles Davis project with a lot of enthusiasm, but we haven’t heard anything about it. Could you bring us up to date where it stands?

Don Cheadle: It’s still grinding. We’re talking about coming onto these films and trying to get the financing for stuff that’s not your standard, down the middle of the road studio movie fare. It’s tough. People think it’s niche, although our treatment of the script, it’s not a biopic. It’s not deep. It’s not serious fare. It’s not a cradle to grave sort of overview of his entire life.

The movie takes place over a day and a half of his life — a very intense day and a half of his life but a lot of people haven’t even engaged because of what they perceive it’s going to be. They go “Oh, we don’t want to do a movie like that.” I say “Have you read it?” “No, I haven’t read it.” “Well read it and then say you don’t want to do a movie like that.” So it’s having to push through a lot of these things and confront people. Once they read it, they’re like “Oh, this is great.” So everyone’s really dying to be the second person to say yes and to invest in this film.

It’s clear to me that the money quote is: “The movie takes place over a day and a half of his life.”

Cheadle has already told us the biopic was never going to be cradle to grave, but this really underscores just how not-like-a-normal-biopic the film is designed to be.

I have always preferred an overview style of film for the biopic, but that doesn’t mean I don’t think this type of ‘deconstructed biopic‘ can’t be wildly entertaining and successful. But I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was really hoping for a more ‘life and times’ biopic. And that could very well be because it’s what I am most accustomed to as a moviegoer.

I love Ray. I love The Buddy Holly Story. I love like Bird. So it’s in my cinema DNA to gravitate towards more cradle to grave films about famous artists.

What I really would love to know is what ‘day and a half’ of Miles Davis’ life Cheadle plans to focus on. Is it a real day in the jazz icon’s life, or simply invented for film?

When Cheadle says, “It’s not deep. It’s not serious fare,” I have no clue how to figure what he means. It’s not a comedy, so we have to assume it’s a drama — but not a serious drama.

The curiosity factor jumps 10 notches based on Cheadle’s new comments. Yes, we now can put to bed any hopes of a detailed film about the life and career of the legendary trumpeter. But we’re also totally in the dark about how Cheadle’s ‘day and a half in the life of Miles Davis movie’ is going to play out.

Maybe an elaborate biopic of Miles Davis that follows the trumpeter through his life and career is just too damn expensive and too damn complicated for a 2 1/2 hour movie. Maybe zeroing in on a very specific, very important day in his life was the best way for Cheadle to get this project off the ground.

It looks like it’s going to be a struggle regardless of what kind of movie they want to make.

The Miles Davis Movie: Waiting So Long

Just to give you an idea of where we stand on the Miles Davis Movie timeline, I began tracking the film project in March 2007 for my blog The Miles Davis Movie. It was at this time Don Cheadle had officially come aboard to the project.

Here is the link to a March 14, 2007 news item by Michael Fleming in Variety, which basically started my endeavor to follow all things Miles Davis and the Miles Davis Biopic.

Don Cheadle has solidified five feature film projects that he’ll produce and star in. Among them is a biopic of jazz legend Miles Davis, on which he plans to make his feature directing debut. Cheadle, who is being honored today as ShoWest male star of the year, has set up the projects through Crescendo Prods., the shingle in which he partners with longtime managers Kay Liberman and Lenore Zerman.

“Nixon” scribes Stephen J. Rivele and Chris Wilkinson are penning the Davis film, and Liberman and Zerman said they have secured music and life rights to the jazz legend, with whom Cheadle has long been intrigued.

Crescendo’s producing with Cary Brokaw and Vince Wilburn Jr. and Darryl Porter of Miles Davis Properties. They have waited to complete the package before bringing it to financiers, with Cheadle aboard to direct.

Not sure if Cary Brokaw is still involved. Stephen J. Rivele and Chris Wilkinson have been let go and now Steven Baigelman is handling screenwriter duties.

It was actually in 2006 when Cheadle’s name appeared as the man who might get to play the jazz legend.

On March 13, 2006, Miles Davis was inducted into the 21st Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. That night, Davis’ nephew, Vince Wilburn Jr., had this to say:

“We’re working with Sony on a biopic. We’re gonna negotiate with Don Cheadle whose name keeps coming up to play Miles. It (the film) can touch on many things from the way he changed the wave of music of different decades from bee-bop to hip-hop and in between, and the personal side.”

He added, “First of all we have to get a script and people are submitting them to Sony Pictures, but nothing has caught our fancy. We’ve been talking to Antoine Fuqua who did Training Day to direct.”

Not only would Cheadle sign on to play Miles, he also grabbed the role of director for the project – with the requisite blessings from Vince Wilburn Jr. who oversees Miles Davis Properties with Erin and Cheryl Davis, the late jazz great’s son and daughter, respectively.

The actual idea for a film dates back long before Cheadle was involved. Back in the late ‘90s it looked as if the project was about to hit full steam as word leaked that Wesley Snipes was (finally) going to play the Prince of Darkness.

Here’s an excerpt from the November 1997 issue of Ebony Magazine:

Awesome on another level will be Snipes’ portrayal of the troubled jazz master Miles Davis. “Nobody else has the gall to even try to make it,” he says of his company’s commitment, adding that he’s been doing research on why many talented artists resort to some type of abuse and “what drives a person who is considered genius off the wall.

I used the word ‘finally’ above regarding the film because I found this snippet from a November 1993 issue of Jet Magazine:

Hot actor Wesley Snipes, who is thrilling audiences as a blond villain in Demolition Man, is set to bring to the big screen the life story of legendary jazz artist Miles Davis. Snipes is co-producing the project as well as starring in it, a spokesman told Jet. It is just getting underway and won’t be released until sometime in 1994.

In November of 2006, Stereogum chimed in on the status of what was then dueling Miles Davis film projects; one based on author Quincy Troupe’s book “Miles and Me,” and the other with the blessing of the Miles Davis estate. This is when Cheadle’s name was beginning to get mentioned with the film.

I’m unsure what became of the “Miles and Me ” adaptation. They had director Rudy Langlais (The Hurricane) attached to the film, which, according to Stereogum, was set to ‘show the inner, tortured, personal Miles — the man beyond the music.’

At the time I started tracking the Don Cheadle-led Miles Davis Movie, I figured the film would have been shot and released by now.

Boy was I early to the party!

Right now IMDB list the film for a 2013 release.

Cheadle has since commented on the development of the movie, citing financial issues as a key roadblock in getting the movie made.

Then of course there’s Cheadle’s busy acting schedule, which causes a conflict in finding the time to prepare and shoot the Miles Davis movie.

He’s also starring a new Showtime series called “House of Lies,” so add that to the list.

With so many factors at play in getting this movie – or any movie – made, there is a chance the biopic might get pushed even further into the new decade.

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. But for now Miles Davis fans can only wait until the stars align just right and the project can finally get going.

* More links about the Miles Davis Movie:

What Should The Movie Title Be?

Script Ready, Now It’s About The Money

What Songs Should Be Featured In The Biopic?

PG-13 or Rated R?

The Betty Year

Finding The Voice

Unofficial Teaser Poster Should Be Official!

Who is going to play John Coltrane?

A Trio Of Awesome Unofficial Teaser Posters

Will It Be The Best Movie Ever About Jazz? Or: Wow, There Are Not A Lot Of Movies About Jazz

The Miles Davis Movie: A Trio Of Awesome Unofficial Teaser Posters

I really don’t know what to write. Michael Stadtlender’s latest poster designs for the Miles Davis Biopic need no commentary from me. His trio of designs are just about perfect. I love all three. One has a very distinct Saul Bass style, which I love, but really I am enamored with all three.

Stadtlender’s latest set of unofficial poster teasers follows last week’s debut of four posters; what’s nice is the change of pace in design between the two sets. Just goes to show how a talented designer like Stadtlender can take the visual concept of a poster trumpeting the arrival of a biopic about Miles Davis in so many exciting directions. If I’m Don Cheadle I’m taking notes. Whoever ends up picking up the rights to the film (one day), they should consider a contest to let designers present a movie poster. Personally, the more creative involvement from fans the better to help promote the film.

We’re two, probably three years off from the film arriving in theaters, yet already we have an outstanding collection of Miles Davis Biopic posters, from some truly talented designers, that I would happily put in a frame and hang in my office.

The Miles Davis Movie: And Yet Even More Very Cool Unofficial Teaser Posters

This is why I love Miles Davis. This is why I love producing this website. This is why I love knowing that among the people all over the world who also love Miles Davis – some of them are supremely talented artists!

Earlier this year our talented friend Julien Trédan-Turini designed an awesome teaser poster for the Miles Davis Biopic. And then the accomplished graphic designer Heath Killen joined the party and delivered a kick-ass design of his own for a teaser poster.

And now we get to the talented graphic designer Michael Stadtlender who designed four – FOUR! – sensational unofficial teaser posters. I want all four right this second! I love each one, but I think the poster with the artwork from ‘Round About Midnight is my favorite.

The folks in charge of marketing and advertising and whatever else for the biopic should call on all three of these artists because what they’ve created are fantastic examples of movie posters that generate instant excitement about a forthcoming movie. Sure, the Miles Davis Biopic is not likely to arrive in theaters until 2014, if not later, but this new set of posters from Stadtlender, along with the previous two, have me more than ready to enjoy a film about Miles Davis.





© Michael Stadtlender

The Miles Davis Movie: Filming The Playboy Interview

pb-miles It’s a stretch. I grant you that. But we’re still so far out on any significant movement for the Miles Davis Movie, a little conjecture is what keeps me going.

Alex Haley’s ‘candid conversation with the jazz world’s premier iconoclast’ in the September 1962 issue was the first Playboy Interview (Volume 9, Number 9) and the conversation is both candid and enlightening – which you’d expect from Miles Davis anyway.

There are also some great quotes:

“I don’t pay no attention to what critics say about me, the good or the bad. The toughest critic I got is myself…and I’m too vain to play anything I think is bad.”

“I don’t dig people in clubs who don’t pay the musicians respect. You ever see anybody bugging the classical musicians when they are on the job and trying to work?”

And just to prove how ‘cool’ Playboy was back in the day, some of the folks interviewed in the months after the Miles conversation included Peter Sellers, Jackie Gleason, Frank Sinatra and Malcolm X.

pb-miles2 Could the ‘interview’ be a throwaway moment in the film, maybe a scene with him and Alex Haley talking? Did the interview cause any controversy in the media, with fans, etc? Haley did go to the gym with Miles, so there’s a great opportunity to show Miles’ passion for boxing.

If anything the Playboy article might be used as a strong jumping off point to reflect Miles’ feelings on race and other important social issues. Miles didn’t need a magazine as a conduit to express his feelings, but in the context of a film, maybe it’s a good device to connect different personal issues and opinions circulating at that point in his life.

Here’s an excerpt from Miles, the Autobiography:

 

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It’s 1962-63, we’re in that musical chapter of Miles’ life that makes up Steamin’, Quiet Nights and Seven Steps to Heaven, so clearly transition was stirring, which could be a good source of drama… and what’s a great biopic without drama.

The Miles Davis Movie: Yet Another Very Cool Unofficial Teaser Poster

Earlier this year our talented friend Julien Trédan-Turini designed an awesome teaser poster for the Miles Davis Biopic.

And now, graphic designer Heath Killen delivers a kick-ass design of his own for a teaser poster.


I mentioned the classic Miles pose from the cover of The Complete Jack Johnson Sessions awhile back when discussing movie poster ideas, so it’s a treat to see that concept brought to life via the talented, Australia-based Killen.

I love the burst of color shooting from the trumpet against the simple, yet potent base colors. We have no idea the title of the biopic, but Killen going with ‘Miles’ works great; the use of only the word ‘Miles’ really packs a nice design punch.

Killen’s website features all sorts of terrific designs and illustrations – definitely worth checking out.