Don Cheadle

Don Cheadle has talked about his hopes of making a Miles Davis biopic for quite a while, though that possibility has seemed less and less likely as time passed. To give some perspective, the last time we reported on this, Arcade Fire had released only one album and this was what dubstep sounded like. Now Don Cheadle is turning to crowdfunding to help make his dream project a reality. There’s a lot to be excited about here. I don’t think anyone would disagree that Cheadle is passionate and ideal for the role, and he mentions Ewan McGregor is already attached to act (playing an “unreliable Rolling Stone reporter”) and Herbie Hancock will be involved musically. On the other hand, Cheadle’s use of the words “potential soundtrack” and “Skrillex” in the same sentence should make most feel deeply uneasy. You can head to IndieGogo to check out the rewards being offered, and watch Cheadle discussing the crowdfunding project for Miles Ahead below.

Does anybody else hear that title and immediately think of this joke from Community? I can’t be the only one.

Comments (6)
  1. If peeing your pants is cool, consider me Don Cheadle.

  2. Seriously enough of these celebrity crowd-funding projects. Only suckers give money to a multimillionaire with the industry connections (both Hollywood or indie) that could make this happen with traditional financing.

    • Eh, I dunno. I don’t think Hollywood exec’s are going to take a chance on a Miles Davis biopic when a lot of the younger generation really couldn’t care less about him.

      • I think he could find studio funding without too much hassle. Any movie with names like Don Cheadle, Ewan McGregor, Herbie Hancock, and Miles Davis attached shouldn’t have a problem generating some profit. It won’t be a blockbuster, but investors should see at least a small return. Unless it turns out to be terrible or they run up the budget for some reason. And there’s always the chance that it’ll be really good and win a bunch of awards and then everyone makes a bunch of money off of something that cost next to nothing to make compared to Godzilla or The Avengers.

        The idea behind established celebrities using IndieGoGo or Kickstarter is usually that they don’t want to give up any creative control to the studio. This could be good or bad. Some artists thrive with that kind of freedom and some can’t stop themselves from abusing it. Not sure where Cheadle will fall on that spectrum.

        So I’d say if you’re giving money to the project because you genuinely want to see Cheadle make this movie without having a studio to answer to, then you aren’t a sucker. If you’re giving because you’re concerned that poor little Don Cheadle needs to be given a shot at success, then you’re a massive sucker.

  3. “DJ Skrillex” … nooooooooooope

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