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- Posted on Jul 29th 2011 11:00AM by Tom Davenport
The movie will focus on a day and a half of Davis' life, unlike 'Ray' or 'Walk the Line,' which respectively followed Ray Charles and Johnny Cash throughout their lives. Jazz legend Herbie Hancock has been recruited to score the picture.
Speaking to New York Magazine, Cheadle says he's persevering despite years of difficulty securing funding: "It's day by day. I actually just got off the phone with the studio executives about putting it together. It's a difficult time to make films, especially ones that don't have people flying or sequels or cars. So we're grinding, you know. We're struggling through, but it's going to happen."
He added, "The movie takes place over a day and a half of his life -- a very intense day and a half of his life but a lot of people haven't even engaged because of what they perceive it's going to be," he told Collider. "Once they read it, they're like 'Oh, this is great.' So everyone's really dying to be the second person to say yes and to invest in this film."
Production for the biopic began in 2008. In an interview with WENN last year (via Miles Davis Online), actor blamed George Bush for the delay in completing the film, for causing the global economic meltdown, leaving movie studios with too little money for the kind of movie Cheadle wants to make.