:Producer Marvin Worth has nabbed the pic rights to the autobiography of the late musician Miles Davis and has tapped “Get on the Bus” writer Reggie Rock Blythewood to pen the screenplay.
The biopic, which is set up at Columbia Pictures, will include much of the jazz great’s music, the rights to which Worth has also obtained from the trumpeter’s estate.
The story will be based partly on Davis’ 1989 autobiography, written with Quincy Troupe, as well as Worth’s recollections of the horn player and his storied career.
Worth said he knew Davis from Worth’s early days as a jazz concert promoter.
“It’s a world that I know a lot about and I’ve always admired Davis,” Worth told Daily Variety. “I also believe that I have a passion for the subject and a take on it that works.”
Sony Pictures prexy John Calley is supportive of the pic, as he is a jazz fan and a former bass player, according to Worth.
Worth said he’s been anxious to bring the Davis story to the bigscreen and had waited for the rights to become available.
Record industry veteran Walter Yetnikoff acquired the film rights from the Davis estate in 1989, when he was CEO of CBS Records, but the pic never moved forward. Yetnikoff was ousted from CBS Records soon after the label was purchased by Sony. He has since returned to the music business with his VelVel indie imprint and let the Davis option lapse.
Worth, whose credits include “Malcolm X” and “Lenny,” is also developing a Brian Wilson pic at Warner Bros. that has Griffin Dunne helming. Scribe Michael Lerner has just delivered a screenplay on that biopic, which is being co-produced by Worth, record producer Don Was (who will also oversee the pic’s music) and Wilson.