Don Cheadle's Miles Davis Film Goes to Sony Pictures Classics
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Sony Pictures Classics has acquired Don Cheadle’s directorial debut Miles Ahead, which focuses on a few lost days in the life of jazz great Miles Davis, played by Cheadle in the film. The movie, for which SPC took worldwide rights covering most territories, has been selected to screen as the closing night film at the upcoming New York Film Festival. Written bySteven Baigelmanand Cheadle,Miles Aheadalso starsEwan McGregoras aRolling Stonewriter who helps Davis steal back his music, andEmayatzy CorinealdiasFrances Taylor, the great love of Davis’ life. The cast also includesMichael StuhlbargandKeith Stanfield.
The film was financed by BiFrost Pictures and produced by Cheadle, Lenore Zerman, Pamela Hirsch, Daniel Wagner, Robert Ogden Barnum, Darryl Porter and Vince Wilburn, Jr. with Mark Amin, Baigelman, Jonathan Gardner and Brian Pope as executive producers. Davis’ son, Erin Davis, and daughter, Cheryl Davis, are also executive producers on the film, made with the participation of The Miles Davis Estate. "What Don Cheadle has done here with the spirit of Miles Davis is truly astounding. We are not only witnessing for the first time this part of Miles Davis’ story as it deserves to be told, but also the birth of a major film director who happens to portray the iconic singer in a jaw dropping performance," SPC said in a statement.