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Don Cheadle’s Miles Davis Biopic Now Has a Name, ‘Kill the Trumpet Player’ and Director, Antoine Fuqua

One of many biopics of black public figures In limbo looks like it’s still very much alive, although coming together at a snail’s pace.

We’ve been tracking Don Cheadle’s Miles Davis movie for ages, and, as of today, it’s still not very clear whether it’ll ever see the light of day, despite a number of promising reports like this one.

Thanks to our friends at Miles Davis Online for catching it.

Buried in a Deadline report on new dramas ABC had ordered, was this sentence:

[Steven] Baigelman, repped by UTA and Management 360, is developing the Miles Davis feature biopic Kill The Trumpet Player for Don Cheadle to star.

So with that, we can now say that the project is titled Kill The Trumpet Player – unless it changes later.

Quite the title. It sounds vicious. I can only guess that maybe Don Cheadle was inspired by French New Wave cinema pioneer François Truffaut’s 1960 French crime drama film Shoot The Piano Player. But I could be wrong. Just a guess.

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