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Don Cheadle’s Miles Davis Film Gets A Title Francois Truffaut Would Probably Be Honored By

Don Cheadle's Miles Davis Film Gets A Title Francois Truffaut Would Probably Be Honored By

One of many biopics of black public figures In limbo looks like it’s still very much alive, although coming together at a snail’s pace.

We’ve been tracking Don Cheadle’s Miles Davis movie for ages, and, as of today, it’s still not very clear whether it’ll ever see the light of day, despite a number of promising reports like this one.

Thanks to our friends at Miles Davis Online for catching it.

Buried in a Deadline report on new dramas ABC had ordered, was this sentence:

[Steven] Baigelman, repped by UTA and Management 360, is developing the Miles Davis feature biopic Kill The Trumpet Player for Don Cheadle to star.

So with that, we can now say that the project is titled Kill The Trumpet Player – unless it changes later.

Quite the title. It sounds vicious. I can only guess that maybe Don Cheadle was inspired by French New Wave cinema pioneer François Truffaut’s 1960 French crime drama film Shoot The Piano Player. But I could be wrong. Just a guess.

Although Don has said that the film is definitely not your conventional biopic, instead calling it more of a gangster movie, suggesting that he might be taking some liberties with Miles Davis’ story.

Also, to add to the mystique, in our last post on this, during an interview with Miles Davis’ son, Erin Davis, and his nephew Vince Wilburn Jr., who both run the Miles Davis Estate, talking with the Wall Street Journal about the new Miles Davis postage stamp, and of course Don Cheadle’s movie, both gentlemen revealed that Antoine Fuqua was attached to direct the film!

Of course Fuqua is probably best known for his crime dramas, so, with all that’s currently in front of us, maybe the title comparison to Truffaut’s film is more than just a guess on my part, and no accident.

By the way, writer Steven Baigelman penned screenplays for feature films, Feeling Minnesota and Brother’s Keeper. He most recently sold a legal drama to ABC.

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Gerrianne Brizan

My thing is this is a story which has been needed to be told (accurately) for a long time. I trust Don Cheadle to do a great job. I just hope that who ever acts in this movie shows the true character of Miles Davis. He wasn't always well received and he could be a bit arrogant with people who interviewed him. He was all about his music being done his way. I hope the story takes it through the 80's to '91 the point of his death and includes accurate representatives of the newer musicians he added later in his career. If you stay in contact with the Miles Davis Estate, you can't go wrong.


Talk about serendipity. Don Cheadle is one of my favorite actors and I always felt he could star in a docudrama as the great jazz trumpeter, Miles Davis, so I googled the thought today thinking I had exclusivity on the Idea….I'm late to the party! Come on Don! do the part!

Terrence Howard is a great actor too, but he doesn't have "that" look. Just Google the Images of Miles and you can see how Cheadle fits perfectly…



I can make a booger talk!


I have an idea: maybe we should cast Terrence Howard as Miles. (Just like we cast Zoe as Nina. No, that's right, only black women have to suffer that sort of color prejudice in the world of cinema). As long as we let white people do biopics of our important figures, they'll never be portrayed accurately. That said, I'm glad for Don Cheadle scoring the role. He would be excellent for the role.


I'm also excited about Nicole Jefferson's "Betty Davis Story" which details the triangle between
Miles Davis, Betty Davis and Jimi Hendrix & I hear Lance Reddick is playing Miles – sound wild, but then again, Davis was a wild character.

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