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: Antoine Fuqua: “We’re Trying To Figure Out Where The Money’s Coming From”

Miles Davis Biopic7 Gabe at The Playlist recently caught up with Antoine Fuqua to chat about his current and upcoming films.

Lucky for us Gabe mentioned the Miles Davis Movie that has been in development for what seems like 20 years.

It has been reported here at Miles Davis Online for months, as well as on other websites, that Fuqua is attached to direct. It had always been a rumor, but following a Wall Street Journal video interview with Vince Wilburn Jr. back in November when he acknowledged Fuqua’s involvement, everyone has assumed it’s a done deal. And even though Cheadle was originally planning to be lead actor and director for the film, the news of Fuqua’s involvement can still be considered a positive one moving forward.

However, there has yet to be an official announcement. Fuqua says below in the quote that there are no written deals, so maybe he isn’t officially signed on the dotted line to direct, and this why they are waiting to announce.

They are also a long (long) way from production, so does it really matter at this point?

In his comments to The Playlist, Fuqua underscores what Cheadle has discussed many times over the past few years: it’s all about the money.

It seems that no one is motivated to drop money down on a film about Miles Davis. Or, at least the money people remain hesitant about such a deal.

Here’s the quotes from Fuqua to Gabe:

“Don’s a good friend and we talk about it all the time,” Fuqua says.

“It’s funny when these things get announced, because I’m attached to it, I wanna do it with Don, but there’s no written deals. We’re trying to figure out where the money’s coming from. It’s been surprisingly tough to get the money together to do the Miles Davis story. I love Miles Davis, I love Don, how could you not want to make that if you’re serious about making movies?”

Back in 2010 (!) we posted a story about Cheadle bemoaning the lack of funds for his Miles Davis Movie.

Three years later and it’s still about the money. Plenty of movies, from independent films to movies with a star cast attached, can struggle locating the financing to get the movie made, so the Miles Davis Biopic isn’t alone it’s search for economic support.

But it looks as if until the right financing falls into place this project is going to remain on the shelf. At this rate, they are going to name that particular shelf in honor of the Miles Davis Biopic considering how long it has bounced around, and up and down in development.

Is there a chance potential producers are shying away because Cheadle has positioned the project as the anti-biopic, referring to it as cubist in style, and…yes… a “gangster pic”?

Cheadle: “It’s a gangster pic. It’s a movie that Miles Davis would have wanted to star in. Without throwing history away, we’re trying to shuffle it and make it more cubist.”

Maybe that comment could possibly make someone – with the money – a little antsy about the viability of the film – in a marketing sense. And that means will they be able to reap some of their money back via ticket sales, VOD, DVDs, internet, etc.

The talent is all there, no doubt about it, but even though the traditional cradle-to-grave movie biopic blueprint can get boring – for both the movie-makers and the audience -, it’s still not the worst manner in which to tell a story of a legendary musician.

Cheadle did mention the possibility of a deal last year in a WSJ interview, but either that deal is no more, or just moving really slowly.

So right now we have Don Cheadle, Antoine Fuqua, and all the music rights locked in, and the biopic still can’t get a deal made. It must be something. Maybe movie people just don’t like Miles Davis – or more specifically, they don’t think Miles Davis as the subject of a feature film can make any money at the box office.

I say we go for the 3-night/6-hour TV documentary!

* The above image is part of a series of unofficial teaser posters designed by the very talented Michael Stadtlender.

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: What Is The Number One Obstacle Facing The Project?

First off, there isn’t much there – yet -, but we launched KillTheTrumpetPlayer.com.

This is the title of the Miles Davis Film, which we reported on in early November when I caught the title in a news roundup on Deadline.com.

There must be numerous reasons as to why the Miles Davis Biopic cannot get up and running.

I say money is the most likely #1 issue. And by ‘money’ I mean a studio or independent production company ready to pick up the tab.

At one point last year, Cheadle mentioned in a Wall Street Journal interview a ‘studio offer’, but nothing has been heard about this development since. Perhaps it fell apart, maybe something else.

Then there was the interview, also in 2011, with New York Magazine where Cheadle said:

It’s day by day. I actually just got off the phone with the studio executives about putting it together. It’s a difficult time to make films, especially ones that don’t have people flying or sequels or cars. So we’re grinding, you know. We’re struggling through, but it’s going to happen.

We’re about to flip the calendar to 2013, so safe to say there is still a lot of struggle Cheadle is dealing with in trying to make the movie.

Which leads into big issue #2 – schedule. Between Cheadle, and now Antoine Fuqua, who signed on to direct the film, both gentlemen are busy with numerous projects, and juggling their TV/film commitments already on the books with those still being discussed. Somewhere in the middle is a Miles Davis project resting comfortably on the shelf, waiting patiently to get the call.

So money and schedule seem like the big roadblocks right now. Even with big name talent attached, it’s still been a tough sell for a film about the jazz legend. Is there a big enough audience to propel the film to some level of success? It has always seemed like a slam dunk in terms of matching a terrific talent like Cheadle with a musical icon like Miles.

On paper this project looks amazing. One would think the film would have been made long ago – Cheadle signed on in 2007 to star and direct. But the reality has been far less amazing. It has been a slow burn of movie development, the years clicking by with no big push to get the film made. Trust me, I know, I have been writing about the movie, and all things Miles Davis, since 2007.

There has been hope all along, especially when Cheadle breaks radio silence and spills a few tidbits about the state of the movie, but the reality is that this movie is nowhere near getting made.

Cheadle has yet to comment on Fuqua’s addition as director, which is odd considering that most feel it’s a big deal, nor has he chimed in on the film title getting out there into cyberspace.

But he does comment on the movie from time to time, and that has helped paint a pretty solid picture of his vision for the film: cubist style!, a gangster movie! Not a traditional biopic!

It is what it is. But right now it’s nothing more than hoping and praying this gets done.

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: Don Cheadle Exits Director’s Chair For Antoine Fuqua

In the beginning – March 14, 2007, to be exact – when it was officially announced that Don Cheadle had struck a deal between his Crescendo Prods. and the Miles Davis Estate to star in a movie about Miles Davis, it was also revealed the film would be his feature directing debut.

On that same day in 2007, Cheadle was honored as ShoWest male star of the year.

Much has changed with the Miles Davis project since that announcement. “Nixon” scribes Stephen J. Rivele and Chris Wilkinson were on board as screenwriters – later replaced by Steven Baigelman -, and producer Cary Brokaw was helping lead the charge to put all the parts together. And Cheadle was set to direct.

In 2008 I asked: Is Don Cheadle the right person to direct the film?

I have always felt confident with Cheadle directing, first time or not, but I needed to something to stir debate. Of course I tossed in names of other directors, and asked folks who they might like to see in the director’s chair.

Back here in the present, and even with no official announcement on the books yet, it looks as though Antoine Fuqua is going to direct Cheadle in the Miles Davis Biopic. It’s listed on his IMDB page, for crying out loud, so the lack of an official statement, which I believe is kinda big news in movie/jazz circles, is puzzling.

Fuqua’s name has been mentioned alongside this long-in-development project for many years, so it’s somewhat ironic that everything has come back around and here he is about to direct the movie.

My feeling is that Cheadle’s schedule has made it too difficult to serve as both actor and director. I could be wrong. But he has a very specific vision for the movie, an approach that would certainly appeal to his directorial instincts, which is why I always figured he’d be the best choice to direct the movie. It’s his vision, he should direct it. But one can only do so much.

Portraying Miles Davis was already going to be a monster task, regardless if the movie is big-budget Hollywood bio-pic, or indie-style movie that eschews formula for a more ‘cubist’ style, as Cheadle has described the movie.

Cheadle is a busy guy. TV, films, poker, Twitter, and humanitarian work can jam a schedule pretty quickly.

Perhaps it was time to allow someone else to handle the directorial chores, and just concentrate solely on being Miles Davis. Nothing wrong with that. If it helps get the cameras rolling then so be it.

I have to think Cheadle was always jazzed about directing as well as starring, but a few “Iron Man” movies later and priorities begin to change. And that’s cool. At least he has the ability to step back, reassess the situation, and make an informed decision about what is best for the project, which continues to roll along. Perhaps the addition of Fuqua will help get the project the financing it requires to move into production.

Then again, it’s not like Fuqua doesn’t have a full plate of film projects to deal with. Everyone involved with the Miles Davis Biopic is very very busy!

Who knows, maybe a deal is already in place – but at this point no one is talking.

The Miles Davis Movie: Don Cheadle Still Mum On The Antoine Fuqua News

There has been no comment from Don Cheadle since I posted a video interview last week where Vince Wilburn Jr. of the Miles Davis Estate mentioned that Antoine Fuqua was the director of the Miles Davis Biopic (Not A Biopic!).

So while the news of Antoine Fuqua jumping into the directors chair to help navigate Cheadle through the world of Miles Davis might be true, it could be that Cheadle and the biopic team are just not ready to make any official statement.

Perhaps they just pretend Wilburn’s casual remark never really happened.

When a story circulated a few weeks back that Cheadle was taking the Miles Davis story to Broadway prior to shooting the movie, the actor was quick to put an end to any rumors.

That little hiccup is not near as juicy a story as talented director Antione Fuqua hopping aboard the Miles Davis Biopic train with Cheadle, so the radio silence is puzzling.

It could be that Fuqua is not signed, sealed and delivered, which then I would understand the team not wanting to go official with any news.

On Cheadle’s lively, fun-to-read Twitter page, he has made no mention of the Antoine Fuqua news. And he doesn’t need to say anything, even if there is a video out there telling us all that Fuqua is the director.

If it is going to happen, the news will eventually get released and appear on all the big entertainment outlets – and that will be that. Just because I’m writing about it doesn’t mean Cheadle needs to alter his plans. It’s not like I’m on Charlie Rose discussing the latest news about the Miles Davis Movie and Cheadle needs to jump out ahead of the story.

But that doesn’t mean people aren’t interested. And excited.

The video sort of let the cat out of the bag. And that’s okay, because it’s great news, and folks seem genuinely excited about the idea of Fuqua and Cheadle steering this not-a-traditional-biopic of jazz legend Miles Davis.

The Miles Davis Movie: Someone Please Confirm That Antoine Fuqua Is Directing The Miles Davis Biopic

I posted an item yesterday about Antoine Fuqua looking like the pick to direct Don Cheadle in the Miles Davis Biopic. Cheadle was originally going to direct, but it looks as though a busy schedule (perhaps) and the demands of the leading role gave him reason to bring in a director to work with.

A few websites and Blogs have picked up on the news, but I have yet to see an official announcement, be it from Don Cheadle’s always enjoyable Twitter page, or over at the must-read Deadline Hollywood.

So even though Vince Wilburn Jr., Miles’ nephew and part of the Miles Davis Estate that is behind the Cheadle project, mentioned Fuqua’s name in a recent WSJ video interview, we haven’t seen any splashy headlines to highlight what most would consider to be big news – for movie/jazz fans at least.

Perhaps now the team is trying to figure out when to release an official statement, or maybe they just let it remain a rumor, video evidence be damned!

Cheadle and Fuqua did work on Brooklyn’s Finest together, so the two already have a working relationship, which should be of help if and when production revs up.

Without an official statement we really can’t start to crank up the hype machine. Yes, Wilburn Jr. said it, but until Nikki Finke has it up in a big, bold headline, I’m keeping cool.

But yeah… it’s totally happening, right?

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 Movie: Will/Should The Miles Davis Biopic Premier At Cannes?

The 65th Cannes Film Festival is underway, which gives me yet another, yearly opportunity to speculate whether or not the Miles Davis Movie will, or should, premier at Cannes if and when the movie is ever completed.

So here we go – more fun conjecture to fill space until we know more details about what Don Cheadle is up to. But it does make sense for the as-yet-made film to debut in the French Riviera, especially when you consider the unique relationship between the jazz legend and the country.

Miles Davis’ adventures in France are well documented in books, magazine articles, and on various musical recordings, so I won’t delve too deep into the specifics.

I will, however, point out two Miles Davis projects I enjoy, both with a decidedly French twist.

The first being the album “Miles Davis in Europe,” which was recorded live in France at the Festival Mondial, du Jazz Antibes Miles Davis in 1963. Alongside tenor saxophonist George Coleman, pianist Herbie Hancock, bassist Ron Carter and drummer Tony Williams the album is wonderful; my favorite track is the ballad “I Thought About You.”

The second item is film-related. It’s 1957 and Miles Davis has ventured off to France for a tour and recorded the soundtrack for the film “Ascenseur pour l’Echafaud” — otherwise known as “Elevator to the Gallows,” directed by Louis Malle and starring Jeanne Moreau.

In doing some research I happened upon what seems to be an academic study about Miles Davis, Louis Malle and Ascenseur pour l’Echafaud titled “A Jazz Film of Collaborative Integrity.”

Based on the URL it appears to be from Cornell University, but I am unsure of the date. There is a video component so it cannot be too old.

The essay provides some wonderful information about Davis’ involvement with the film, including this snippet of conversation Davis shared with friend Quincy Troupe about his time in France.

Then I went to Paris again to play as a guest soloist for a few weeks. And it was during this trip that I met French filmmaker Louis Malle through Juliette Greco. He Told me he had always loved my music and that he wanted me to write the musical score for his new film, L’Ascenseur pour l’echafaud. I agreed to do it and it was a great learning experience, because I had never written a music score for a film before. I would look at the rushes of the film and get musical ideas to write down. Since it was about a murder and was supposed to be a suspense movie, I used this old, gloomy, dark building where I had the musicians play.

I thought it would give the music atmosphere, and it did. …When I got back to New York in December 1957, I was ready to move forward with my music again. I asked Red to come back, and he did. When I heard Monk’s gig at Five Spot was ending, I called Trane and told him I wanted him back, and he said, “Okay.” Man, when this happened, I knew some real great musical shit was about to go down; I could feel it in my bones. And it happened. It went all the way down. (Troupe, 217-222.)

While researching photos I ran across this image – a statue of Miles Davis by by Niki de Saint-Phalle outside the Hotel Negresco (on the Promenade des Anglais on the Baie des Anges) in Nice, France.

Miles Davis had a special relationship with France and is, no doubt, part of the country’s musical and artistic foundation.

The thought of a Miles Davis Biopic premiering in Cannes feels right. It feels like an event! I can’t imagine a biopic about Miles Davis debuting in France not being a big deal.

I think the ol’ jazz legend would get a thrill out of it…

The Miles Davis Movie: Let’s Look At This Thing From A Standpoint Of Status

Not much has changed since late December when Don Cheadle opened up to the Wall Street Journal about the state of the Miles Davis Movie. It was a nice slab of red meat to chew on as we wait for the project to pick up steam.

Sure, no one still has a clue what he means when he calls the movie ‘a gangster pic’, but that just adds to the fun!

Cheadle has been nice enough to clear things up about the film’s narrative, which will not be a typical, cradle-to-grave story, rather a ‘cubist’ approach. It’s all about the Deconstructed Biopic, which I wrote about a few years back on the biopic blog.

The movie, as it stands, takes place in late 1979 and covers “a day and a half of his life — a very intense day and a half of his life…”, which is how Cheadle explained it to Collider.com almost a year ago.

It seems the film will still pinpoint other, notable points in the jazz legend’s life and career. This is good, especially if we are to have scenes of Cheadle performing as Davis, because in 1979 Miles was not playing much.

One thing Cheadle mentions in the WSJ interview is a ‘studio offer’.

“We’re trying to back into a budget number,” says Cheadle, “like we always have to do, without gutting the piece.”

He doesn’t mention the studio, or any of the folks involved. As far as I can tell nothing has happened with the studio deal. Perhaps it fell apart, or maybe everyone is just waiting for the right time to spill the details.

Cheadle looks to be as committed as ever to the project, but his dance card is full these days with a Showtime series, the Iron Man movies, and other projects in development. Scheduling was always going to be an issue, regardless of when the Miles Davis Movie finally was given the green light — green for money.

Even with the competing biopic, with George Tillman Jr. attached to direct, what gives the Cheadle project the edge is Cheadle himself, still the best choice to play Miles Davis among known acting talent, and access to all the music. Sure, maybe a few years here and there are out of reach, but all the big tunes, the music that fans demand be included in the film, and will also help market the hell out of this picture, is Cheadle’s for the taking. The Cheadle/music catalog connection is what will drive this project forward, hopefully towards a production start date.

I know what amounts to nothing, so I am clueless as to the current status of the project. But that 2013 next to the film listed on IMDB is starting to feel like a long-shot. I’d guess 2014 is more likely.

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: Kevin Navayne Is Still Playing Marcus Miller

miles-davis-45 With the exception of a few bursts of good information from Don Cheadle, details about the Miles Davis Movie continue to be scant. Then again there might not be too much to divulge anyway, should radio silence ever be lifted. But one inexplicable aspect of the story of how this project is making its long, slow journey to production is that actor Kevin Navayne has been listed as a cast member since October 2010.

Other than Cheadle handling Miles Davis duties, I am unaware of anyone being cast to play any roles in the film – other than Navayne. The handsome, Jamaican-born actor is a relative newcomer, having worked primarily in TV, but he has not only the Miles Davis movie upcoming, but also the Bob Marley Biopic, 42, about Jackie Robinson, and the HBO series Da Brick.

But here he is, all set to play Marcus Miller, the talented bassist/producer who worked with Miles from 1985 until the jazz legend’s death in 1991.

I have no clue if Navayne is friendly with Cheadle, or someone in the Davis family, but it seems odd that such a role would have already been locked down. But clearly someone is adamant that Navayne play Marcus Miller.

Hey, I wish we had more casting news to discuss. One thing I have loved writing about, here and over at The Miles Davis Movie, is the assembling of the cast and who should play what parts in the film. It’s fun guesswork!

But for now it looks like we have Don Cheadle still set to portray Miles Davis, and Kevin Navayne locked in to the role of Marcus Miller.

The Miles Davis Movie: A New Unofficial Teaser Poster To Enjoy

Our friend Michael Stadtlender has designed seven really outstanding unofficial teaser poster designs for Don Cheadle’s Miles Davis Biopic. It’s a pleasure for me to publish the work on Miles Davis Online.

If I’m the person down the road charged with marketing the film, I would absolutely seek out talents like Stadtlender, along with Julien Trédan-Turini and Heath Killen, who each contributed awesome teaser poster designs, and devise some kind of design contest/workshop/whatever that utilizes the skill of artists who clearly have a love for design and Miles Davis.

But that is a discussion for another time.

Here we have Stadtlender’s latest – and it rocks! We wish the movie was opening summer 2012!! What I like is how Stadtlender plays with all sorts of visual styles from one design to another; a touch of modern here, a tip of the cap to the legendary Saul Bass there – a nice variety of color, design and concept.

I added a gallery below of all eight teaser poster designs. But here is the latest.

© Michael Stadtlender