Jazz legend Miles Davis, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Monday, may be resurrected in a biographical movie with Don Cheadle playing the lead, Davis’ family said.
His nephew, Vince Wilburn, told reporters after Davis was inducted into the Hall of Fame that Sony Pictures was working on a movie as well as planning several CDs to celebrate what would have been Davis’ 80th birthday later this year.
"People are submitting scripts to Sony Pictures," Wilburn said. "A few names have come up [to play Davis] but Don Cheadle’s name keeps coming up," he said.
Wilburn said the movie could touch on Davis’ private life as well as his career as a groundbreaking jazz musician who later branched out into music that crossed over into rock and funk.
Wilburn said a possible director for the film was Antoine Fuqua, best known for "Training Day," the movie for which Denzel Washington won a best-acting Oscar in 2002.
Davis’ son, Gregory, recalled touring with his father, who died of a stroke in 1991, and said he would have been proud of the honor bestowed on him at Monday’s gala ceremony in New York’s Waldorf-Astoria hotel.
"We’re very proud because this man’s ancestors came out of slavery and he’s an international icon all over the world and America should be proud of him," he said.
Asked about Davis’ reputation as a tough and difficult man, his daughter, Cheryl, conceded that image was accurate at times but said there was another side to him. "He wasn’t an angry black man ... he was very humorous. ... He lived life to the fullest and he absorbed cultures from all over the world."