Friday, January 7, 2011

Don Cheadle Lobbying For Miles Davis Biopic!

Cross-posted at Little Green Footballs.

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Don Cheadle is hoping Hollywood jumps aboard the Miles Davis train.

The "Iron Man 2" actor helped shape the screenplay for a Davis biopic in which he would star as the legendary jazz trumpeter and musical innovator. Herbie Hancock has reportedly been tapped to score the film.

"We just turned in the script and we're going to find some money to make this thing," Cheadle told The Hollywood Reporter at a party to celebrate the 40th anniversary of "Bitches Brew," Davis' game-changing improvisational double album.

There's one problem I have with a Miles Davis biopic and why it might work as an arthouse/independent film but not as a mainstream hit like Walk the Line or Ray. Miles Davis was a trumpet player and instrumentalist, not a vocalist. A sing-a-long musical element has been in most all successful biopics of musicians and I'm not sure how even a good director could get the average moviegoer to connect with Bitches' Brew. The director would have to highlight vocal-tinged songs like Blue Xmas with Gil Evans and make singers like Evans play a role in the film.

Also, for some reason a Miles Davis film appears in my twisted mind as a black and white, noir-ish film, centering around his 1950s-60s work. A little use of CGI to create a mystical element when he plays his trumpet (think Sin City) would be good too.

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