The man behind Biggie Smalls film Notorious to helm picture based on Dark Magus, a book by Davis's eldest son, Gregory
Sound and vision … Miles Davis, circa 1951. Photograph: Hulton Getty
A biopic of jazz legend Miles Davis looks set to go into production after it was annouced that director George Tillman Jr has signed up to the project.
Currently titled Miles Davis, the film will draw on the book Dark Magus: The Jekyll and Hyde Life of Miles Davis by Davis's eldest son, Gregory Davis, and will be able to use Davis's music in its score.
Davis's turbulent life, which included a string of seminal albums as well as drug and alcohol addictions and relentless womanising, is natural fodder for a movie adaptation. The actor Don Cheadle has been developing his own project for a number of years in conjunction with another of Davis's sons, Erin, but now looks to have been beaten to the wire.
Tillman recently directed Notorious, a biopic of rapper Biggie Smalls, and has previously worked with musicians such as Ice Cube, Queen Latifah and Bow Wow. Producer Nick Davis Raynes said they were aiming for a film in the same vein as the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line and the Ray Charles film Ray: "We want to make a film that will do the same justice for Miles Davis."