Miles Davis Biopic Moving Forward With Director George Tillman Jr.

Soul Food and Men of Honor director George Tillman Jr., who captured Notorious B.I.G.’s life story in the 2009 biopic Notorious, will take a swing at another musical icon when he tackles Miles Davis in a planned biopic. Tentatively titled Miles, the film is being developed by the late trumpeter’s son, Gregory, The Hollywood Reporter says.

Producers Nick Davis Raynes and Ged Dickersin, who will adapt their picture from Gregory’s book Dark Magus: The Jekyll and Hyde Life of Miles Davis, say they’d like to create a biopic that introduces the Jazz legend to new fans. “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."

The trade points out that Don Cheadle has been trying for years to get a Davis biopic off the ground. From an outsider’s perspective, it only makes sense that Tillman’s first phone call should be to Cheadle so the two can join forces and make something magical happen. But the bigger problem might be deciding how much of Davis’s significant life can be included in a manageable run time. Clint Eastwood had a difficult time managing that equation with the uneven J. Edgar, which opens this week, so many the Miles screenwriters can learn from Eastwood’s mistakes and refine their musical vision.

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