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

Shadow and Act By Courtney | Shadow and Act November 8, 2012 at 6:04PM

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.
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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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