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. 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. Although Don has said that the film is definitely not your conventional biopic, instead calling it more of a gangster movie, suggesting that he might be taking some liberties with Miles Davis’ story. Also, to add to the mystique, in our last post on this, during an interview with Miles Davis’ son, Erin Davis, and his nephew Vince Wilburn Jr., who both run the Miles Davis Estate, talking with the Wall Street Journal about the new Miles Davis postage stamp, and of course Don Cheadle’s movie, both gentlemen revealed that Antoine Fuqua was attached to direct the film.
HE BECAME THE KING OF BLING—A WEALTHY RAPPER, MOVIE STAR, AND INDUSTRY MOGUL. BUT A WORKING-CLASS HERO? NOW 50 CENT WANTS TO GO BLUE-COLLAR OR DIE TRYIN’.
DETAILS: “New Day,” the first single from your upcoming album, Street King Immortal, begins with a line of Robert De Niro’s from A Bronx Tale: “It don’t take much strength to pull a trigger, but try and get up every morning, day after day, and work for a living. . . . Then we’ll see who’s the real tough guy.” Isn’t that the complete opposite of everything you’ve ever rapped about? 50 Cent: It puts you right where I want you to be, as the working-class person, because that’s how I want you to identify with this song. In the environment that I grew up in, you have people who are extremely religious and people who are extremely intoxicated and trying to forget the pains. It’s about figuring out how it feels under circumstances where you’re not a winner. When I see somebody with a sign, I don’t give ’em anything. I don’t give a fuck. You stand out there waiting for someone to put something in your cup? Shit, I’d be on a chain gang before I’d be standing there like that. CONTINUE READING