An article in The New York Times profiles two projects surrounding the life story of jazz great Miles Davis. One is being developed through Davis' estate; former collaborator and friend Quincy Troupes is developing the other. Miles Davis was a larger than life figure in music history, constantly changing his style with a career that spanned over a half a century. The Troupe script is based on his memoir Miles and Me, and is focused on the relationship between the two artists -- it would also be a look at Davis' personal problems, and there are a few to choose from.
Troupes' script has been financed through Patriot Pictures and Bacon Pictures, with an eye on signing a cast and director in the near future. The Davis estate has been toying with their project for a while now with little result. Don Cheadle had been attached at one time, but nothing was ever made official. So, with two projects in a race for the finish line, it looks like the Marvin Gaye picture isn't the only one with a little competition.