Don Cheadle Sets Up an Indiegogo Campaign for Miles Davis Biopic
by Ethan Anderton
June 4, 2014
For years now, actor Don Cheadle has passionately been trying to get a biopic about jazz musician Miles Davis off the ground. The film is called Miles Ahead (it used to be called Kill the Trumpet Player), and for all of Cheadle's efforts, the film has struggled to get off the ground. But in the age of crowdfunding, it seems like he might have some hope. So the actor has taken to Indiegogo to kick off a campaign to help get the film in front of cameras. Unlike recent efforts from director Zach Braff, the amount to be raised is much more modest as Cheadle is only looking to raise $325,000 by early July in order to start shooting. Read on!
Cheadle, who plays trumpet above, will be playing Miles Davis in the film that chronicles just a few of the dangerous days that the jazz icon lived throughout his career. One such focus will be the time spent with a Rolling Stone writer as they tried to steal back his music, and Ewan McGregor is on board to take that role. Previously, Zoe Saldana was set to play wife Frances Davis, but her involvement isn't confirmed just yet. Davis' family is fully on board the project, and Herbie Hancock is even composing the score. If the funds get raised in time, the film will start shooting this summer, so go support the Indiegogo campaign now!
Reader Feedback - 4 Comments
Miles Davis was an intense dude, but some genius, would be great to see a movie about him.
Carpola on Jun 4, 2014
Well, let's hope Cheadle succeeds as he's a talented guy who could pull this off. And thank the gods that Will Smith isn't doing it; or Jamie Foxx...double ugh! Miles Davis was a heavy cat and those two ain't got the chops/gravitis or awareness of a dude like Davis. Cheadle, on the other hand, seems like he does. He's got a rough road to travel trying to get it done and done well with honesty and integrity. I for one wish him well as I'd like to see him both direct this film and portray Davis...as is his intention.
Bo on Jun 4, 2014
okay, i have to say it. no offense to the talents of people like don cheadle, zach braff (wish i was here), or rob thomas (veronica mars) but they are asking for donations to support a for profit venture! people can do what they want with their own money, of course, but really? don cheadle, ewan mcgregor, herbie hancock can't come up with $350,000 of their own money? will the people who contribute at least get a discount on tickets? can you imagine bill gates or the late steve jobs taking to indiegogo to start a new computer company?
gilded_hand on Jun 4, 2014
I'm sure they could. But I feel this crowdsourcing thing has become more part of the realm of fandom as opposed to production (atleast for the big names). There simply are a lot of people who will jump to the occasion to be part of a production with some of their favorite actors, even if it's "just" 5 bucks. And if both parties are happy to do so then I don't think it's our job to shoot them down.
Neuromancer on Jun 5, 2014
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