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Long in development, the Miles Davis feature film that Don Cheadle plans to star in and direct has a studio offer, the actor said in interview with the Wall Street Journal that was published today. Cheadle, who graduated from East High School, says in the interview that "the movie isn't a biopic, per se. It's a ganster pic. It's a movie that Miles Davis would have wanted to star in. Without throwing history away, we're trying to shuffle it and make it more cubist. The bulk of it takes place in '79, in a period where he actually wasn't playing. But we traverse a lot of it his life, but it's not a cradle to grave story."
Cheadle also added, "It's three to five years average for most movies to get made, but often it's 10 or 15 years. This is the kind of movie the business 10 years ago may have leapt at. But now, you don't really see movies like this. We have a studio offer and we're trying to back into a budget number, like we always have to do, without gutting the piece."