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Miles Davis biopic: Don Cheadle's 'Miles Ahead' needs funding

Miles Davis movie
Miles Davis movie

The New York Daily News is reporting today that African American actor Don Cheadle is teaming with Indiegogo to get funding for his true-story movie project about Jazz musician Miles Davis.The biopic "Miles Ahead" is currently in development and Cheadle is hoping to raise $325,000 to make the film, according to Deadline. Indiegogo is a crowdfunding portal that attracts contributors to help fund projects. "Miles Ahead" is written by Don Cheadle and Steven Baigelman. The cast includes Zoe Saldana, Ewan McGregor and Don Cheadle as Miles Davis.

Cheadle, who is making his feature directorial debut, has been working on the "Miles Ahead" movie for several years. Jazz trumpeter Miles Davis, a visionary and cultural icon was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008. It was then that the idea for the project came about. Cheadle says the movie will not be your "traditional biopic," and that he will take some creative liberties with the story.

People who knew the real Miles Davis say the Illinois native was a contradictory figure who lived a controversial and turbulent life. Further they describe him as a womanizer, a flawed man but a musical genius whom his fans never abandoned. Always pushing boundaries by transforming and reinventing his music, he is considered the greatest Jazz musician with the most unique sound of all time.

In an interview with Arsenio Hall in 1989 he spoke on his disdain for people describing him as a legend: "I don't like that, no. Cuz, I'm not finished." Fans are hoping that the Miles Davis movie will include his work with Charlie Parker and John Coltrane, as well as a dramatization of his battle with drug addiction, his fight against racism and his rocky marriage to actress Cicely Tyson.

Miles Davis has been the subject of several documentaries. His Jazz music has been used in a number of films and television shows, including "A Bronx Tale," "The Talented Mr. Ripley" and "American Horror Story."