*Don Cheadle has turned to crowdfunding in an effort to get his passion project – a biopic on Miles Davis – into production.
According to Deadline.com, Cheadle has aligned with Indiegogo to raise $325,000 in funds by July 10 to enable him to make “Miles Ahead,” in which Cheadle will star, produce and make his directing debut. Ewan McGregor has already signed on to co-star.
The story will chronicle a few dangerous days in the life of Davis, as he emerged from a silent period to conspire with a Rolling Stone writer to steal back his music. The intention is to shoot this summer.
Cheadle says that he in fact has put a lot of his own money at stake on the project he’s been trying to get made for years – at least since 2007. He also has the blessing of Davis’ estate, according to Deadline.
“Most studios don’t make these kinds of movies anymore, so we are doing it independently,” Cheadle said in a statement. “I’m personally putting a big chunk of money into our budget as well as putting all my fees back in. But the extra money we hope to raise on Indiegogo will help us re-create the multiple time periods we’re dealing with and with the logistics of incorporating all the music. We are excited to get people talking about the movie early, raise awareness, and set into motion the groundswell of support we hope will continue through to the film’s release.”
Cheadle stands to recoup his investment if the movie gets a distributor and does well, something that seems almost a certainty given his stature and that of the subject.
For their contributions, donors will receive posters, limited edition Miles Davis artwork, a coffee table book of Davis’ artwork signed by Cheadle, set visits and access to screenings.
Watch Cheadle’s pitch for funding on Indiegogo below: