Actor will produce, direct, star in film
Don Cheadle has solidified five feature film projects that he’ll produce and star in. Among them is a biopic of jazz legend Miles Davis, on which he plans to make his feature directing debut.Cheadle, who is being honored today as ShoWest male star of the year, has set up the projects through Crescendo Prods., the shingle in which he partners with longtime managers Kay Liberman and Lenore Zerman. “Nixon” scribes Stephen J. Rivele and Chris Wilkinson are penning the Davis film, and Liberman and Zerman said they have secured music and life rights to the jazz legend, with whom Cheadle has long been intrigued. “Miles pushed the envelope and was never satisfied and kept evolving,” Liberman said. Crescendo’s producing with Cary Brokaw and Vince Wilburn Jr. and Darryl Porter of Miles Davis Properties. They have waited to complete the package before bringing it to financiers, with Cheadle aboard to direct. Other projects on Crescendo’s slate:
- “Traitor” is a politically charged drama that was written and will be directed by Jeff Nachmanoff (“The Day After Tomorrow”). Overture’s Chris McGurk and Danny Rosett are negotiating to finance a film that Crescendo will produce with Mandeville’s David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman.
- “Quest to Ref” is a comic vehicle for Cheadle, scripted by Ben Watkins and Guy Guillet. Story concerns a disenchanted lawyer who follows his life dream to become a pro basketball ref.
- Peter Biegen-scripted drama “Broken Adonis” has Michael Apted attached to direct. Crescendo will produce with Apted, Jeanney Kim and Sandy Kroopf. Story concerns an ex-con (Cheadle) who forms an unlikely relationship with a border patrol officer and her young informant.
- Cheadle continues to work with “Ocean’s” co-star Brad Pitt’s Plan B and Reason Pictures on “Marching Powder,” a fact-based story of a drug dealer who spent five years as a tour guide in the notorious San Pedro Prison in Bolivia. Cheadle will play the tour guide.