George Tillman Jr Inks To Develop, Direct Miles Davis Biopic

Director George Tillman Jr has been enlisted to to help develop and direct the biopic Miles Davis, about the revolutionary and iconic jazz musician. Producers Nick Davis Raynes and Ged Dickersin have partnered with Gregory Davis, the jazz master’s eldest son, to bring the gifted trumpeter’s career-spanning story to the screen. Miles Davis over the course of his long career continuously reinvented himself and evolved as a musician and a composer, conquering personal demons and heroin and cocaine addition the way. Fellow musicians John Coltrane, Billie Holiday and Jimi Hendrix are also vital to the story. Numerous supporting figures include Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Cicely Tyson, Gil Evans, Michael Jackson, Dizzy Gillespie, Sugar-Ray Robinson, Betty Mabry, Francis Taylor and others. Project is loosely based on Gregory’s book Dark Magus: The Jekyll and Hyde Life of Miles Davis, and filmmakers have access to Miles Davis’ music, particularly from 1963-77. (more…)

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