Lin-Manuel Miranda Discusses Film Versions of Hamilton and In the Heights

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After the smash opening of Moana, he may be angling for EGOT status.
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Lin-Manuel Miranda says planned movie versions of his Tony-winning Broadway musicals In the Heights and Hamilton are still in the works.

In an interview with Deadline.com, Miranda reiterated previous reports that the Weinstein Company has the rights to In the Heights, and Jon Chu is going to direct. But, referring to co-librettist Quiara Alegria Hudes, he said, “That one is in Quiara’s court right now, Quiara is working on the screenplay as we speak. The Weinsteins’ track record is really good, and Jon Chu in particular, like, the sequences he’s made for some of those Step Up films were so extraordinary. I’m really excited to see how he stages some of these musical numbers in In The Heights. I think it’s a really inspired choice.”

As for a Hamilton film, he said, “I think it’s a ways off, and only because I’m being selfish as a playwright. I want as many people to see the show in its musical theater form as possible before it’s translated, and whether it’s a good act of translation or a bad act of translation, it’s a leap, and very few stage shows manage the leap successfully. You know, the path to musical film glory is littered with A Chorus Lines. But like we said, it’s tough. It’s tough. So, I want to wait for more people to be able to see the show, and right now, you can only see it in two places [New York and Chicago]. By the end of next year, you’ll be able to see it in four places.”

Hamilton was filmed live at the Richard Rodgers Theatre with the original cast early this past summer; there has been no word when or if that performance might be released. A documentary film about the creation of Hamilton aired on PBS October 21.

Miranda, who has already won a Tony and a Grammy (for Hamilton) and an Emmy (for co-writing one of the Tony Awards broadcasts), is eligible to be nominated for an Oscar for his original score (including the songs “How Far I’ll Go,” “We Know The Way,” and “You’re Welcome”) to the Disney animated film Moana, which had one of the biggest Thanksgiving Weekend openings in history. If he does, he will be one of the rare individuals to attain an EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony).

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