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Wednesday 23 July 2014

Cheadle: Davis film not a biopic

Don Cheadle says his Miles Davis film won't be a typical biopic

Don Cheadle has described his upcoming Miles Davis biopic as a "gangster pic".

The Hotel Rwanda star, who is planning to star as the late jazz legend and direct, admitted the passion project - which has received approval from the musician's estate and record label - may not be what people are expecting.

"It's not a biopic, per se. It's a gangster pic. It's a movie that Miles Davis would have wanted to star in," he told the Wall Street Journal.

"Without throwing history away, we're trying to shuffle it and make it more cubist. The bulk of it takes place in 1979, in a period where he actually wasn't playing. We traverse a lot of his life, but it's not a cradle to grave story."

The 47-year-old added that the film is still in development: "We have a studio offer and we're trying to back into a budget number, like we always have to do, without gutting the piece."

Don remains confident that there will be enough room for two Miles biopics, following a rival movie by Notorious director George Tillman Jr, already in the works.

"If the world is ready to have two Miles Davis movies, fantastic. He should have eight or 10 of them," he continued.

"We're working with the family and we have all the music. If there's another quality movie about this legend, that's great. I don't think anyone's going to be making the kind of movie we're making."

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