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Musician biopics can score, but often languish in development

Music biopics often seem ubiquitous, but it's not always easy to drum up movies about famous tune-smiths.

Take Don Cheadle's in-the-making movie about the jazz trumpet player and composer Miles Davis, which he's been trying to get started for years. On Tuesday, the Associated Press reported that Cheadle, who is directing the film, will also star in it as Davis, the pioneer behind such classic albums as "Kind of Blue" and "In a Silent Way." 

This comes as a coterie of other movies about high-profile musicians are in various stages of development, including an as-yet unnamed project about Janis Joplin and the upcoming "Get on Up," chronicling...