Don Cheadle has been working on a biopic of Mile Davis for almost a decade. It’s a known fact that Cheadle has wanted to play the iconic Jazz musician.
In an interesting twist Cheadle, and his co-conspirators are taking to Indiegogo in order to finance the film. So far they’ve raised nearly 80,000 dollars. They’re asking of 325,000. I’d wager that they’ll meet that goal relatively soon.
Cheadle explains the crowdsourcing campaign this way:
I want to tell a story that Miles himself would have wanted to see, something hip, cool, alive and AHEAD. I’ve taken my marching orders from Miles’ mandates (“Play what’s not there.” “Fear no mistakes. There are none.”) and focused in on a very specific point in his life to explore his relationship with his muse, his voice, his fears and challenges to come out of his silent period and return to the music. I’m hopefully making a movie that tells a story many people can relate to, jazz fan or not. MILES AHEAD is not just about the music. It’s about what we all face at one time or another in our lives; questions about who we really are, what we have to say and how will we say it. How will we ultimately be defined and who gets to say so?