Sony Pictures Classics has acquired worldwide rights to Miles Ahead, the Miles Davis biopic starring Don Cheadle who makes his directorial debut on the movie. The pic tells the story of a few lost days in the life of the trumpet icon as he bursts out of his silent period, conspires with a Rolling Stone writer (Ewan McGregor) to steal back his music, and relives the years he had with his great love Frances Taylor (Emayatzy Corinealdi). The film is premiering October 11 as the closing-night selection at the New York Film Festival. SPC did not offer up a release date yet though it it certain to get a prime awards-season slot.
Cheadle co-wrote the pic with Steven Baigelman, and Michael Stuhlbarg and Keith Stanfield co-starred. Cheadle, Lenore Zerman, Pamela Hirsch, Daniel Wagner, Robert Ogden Barnum, Darryl Porter and Vince Wilburn, Jr. produced. Mark Amin, Baigelman, Jonathan Gardner and Brian Pope executive produced. Davis’ son, Erin Davis, and daughter, Cheryl Davis, are also executive producers, and the film was made with the participation of The Miles Davis Estate. BiFrost Pictures financed.
The deal was negotiated by SPC with UTA Independent Film Group, which arranged financing and repped the filmmakers in the deal. IM Global handled pre-sales in multiple territories not included in the SPC deal including Portugal, Switzerland, the UK, Ex-Yugoslavia, Hong Kong, South Korea, Taiwan, Israel and the Middle East.