June 1, 2016


Lin-Manuel Miranda's 'In the Heights' Gets a Movie (But No 'Hamilton' for 'Like 20 Years')

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Before Hamilton, there was In the Heights. Lin-Manuel Miranda's first musical, a New York tale set largely to the sounds of salsa and hip-hop, made its off-Broadway debut in 2007 and ran for three years on the Great White Way before becoming a successful touring show. It grabbed 13 Tony nominations and won four, scoring a Grammy and a nod for the Pulitzer Prize.

And finally a movie cometh. The Weinstein Company is the production's second Hollywood home, following an earlier attempt at Universal. "The movie musicals of the 1950s were incredible, but In the Heights will revolutionize what movie audiences expect from the genre," Harvey Weinstein tells The Hollywood Reporter.

THR says Miranda will be "heavily involved," although we don't know if he'll star. Yesterday, official word arrived that he'll star across Emily Blunt in Disney's Mary Poppins Returns. The script comes from Quiara Alegría Hudes, who wrote the show's book.

How about a Hamilton movie, though? Miranda tells Rolling Stone today:

"Someday. Probably not for, like, 20 years. So not anytime soon. I don't think so. The thing is, we worked really hard to make this work as a piece of theater. And I get it – I get it 50 times a day: 'Please film it! Please film it so we can watch it!' And I understand it's hard to get to New York and it's hard to get a Broadway ticket. At the same time, filming is an act of translation. It is not being in the room with us. It's different. You will get the forest, you will not get the trees."

Get a feel for In the Heights below: