Antoine Fuqua Taking Over Don Cheadle's Miles Davis Biopic?

A Miles Davis biopic continues to be in the works. But every time we turn around, another name is attached either in front of or behind the camera.

At the start of this year, we reported that Don Cheadle was driving the bus on a Davis film, and that the brilliant character actor hoped to make a biopic that portrayed the legendary musician as a gangster. Then, word came around that George Tillman, Jr. – and not Cheadle – would be helming a Davis film, possibly in competition with Cheadle (who hoped to star in and direct his project).

Well, now you can add Antoine Fuqua to the mix.

Miles Davis Online (courtesy of Shadow and Act) states that the Training Day director is taking over the reigns on Cheadle’s project, and points at multiples sources who are able to confirm the hire. From what we can tell, Cheadle’s still on board to play Davis, while Fuqua would take the directorial duties off of his plate, allowing him to concentrate fully on assuming the role of the jazz great.

Fuqua’s resume, to date, consists mainly of action thrillers, from Shooter to Tears of the Sun. Yes, he helped Denzel Washington win an Oscar for Day, but his focus has been on big-budget efforts like King Arthur. Is he the right man for a Miles Davis movie? And when might he be able to do it? His IMDB page has him in pre-production on at least four projects, including White House Taken. Will some of those drop off his radar? We’ll share more once we have it, but for now, what are your thoughts on this possible hire?

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