'Notorious' Director Hired to Helm Biopic on Jazz Musician Miles Davis
After directing a biopic on the late hip-hop artist Notorious B.I.G. with the aptly titled film Notorious, director George Tillman, Jr. is slated to bring another influential musician's life story to the big screen. Risky Biz reports the filmmaker has been hired to develop and direct a film about iconic jazz musician Miles Davis, a biopic with the unpredictable title of Miles. Loosely based on his son Gregory Davis' book Dark Magus: The Jekyll and Hyde of Miles Davis, the film will focus on the musician's rise to fame, collaborations with legends like John Coltrane and Thelonius Monk, and his struggles with drug addition.
Ged Dickinson and Nick Davis Raynes will produce the film and the latter says:
“Our intention is to make a feature film that will appeal beyond the worldwide audience of Miles Davis die-hard fans, to also include those who don't know the first thing about the man, and introduce new ears to his music. In much the same way that Walk The Line and Ray were able to open the world's eyes to the life stories of Johnny Cash and Ray Charles, respectively, we want to make a film that will do the same justice for Miles Davis. Miles, in his fifty-year career as a musician, transcends time, space and race."
After playing Davis in the HBO film The Rat Pack, actor Don Cheadle has been trying to get a biopic on the musician off the ground for years now, and he even planned on producing and directing the film himself. However, that project still hasn't come to fruition. But perhaps Tillman will be interested in wrangling Cheadle's talents for this film and the two can bring their passion for Davis together for a definitive and collaborative biopic. It's going to be hard for Cheadle to do anything otherwise since the film has the full support of Gregory Davis who will also act as a consultant on the film. But if Cheadle ends up not getting involved with the project, then who else might be able to take on the role? My vote goes to Chiwetel Ejiofor.