Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda will make his film directorial debut with a screen adaptation of Jonathan Larson’s semi-autobiographical musical Tick, Tick…BOOM! According to Deadline, Miranda will partner with fellow Tony winner Steven Levenson (Dear Evan Hansen), who will pen the screenplay.
Miranda will produce the project with Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, and Julie Oh. Julie Larson, sister to the late Jonathan, will serve as executive producer. No word yet on casting or a production timeline.
Prior to becoming a household name with the success of Hamilton, Miranda starred as Jonathan in Encores! Off-Center's 2014 presentation of the musical, appearing alongside future Hamilton co-star Leslie Odom, Jr. and In the Heights' Karen Olivo.
The musical began as a solo piece performed by Larson in the early '90s. Following the Rent composer's death in 1996, the show was adapted into a three-person book musical that premiered Off-Broadway in 2001. A revival played Off-Broadway's Keen Company in 2016.
The story follows Jonathan, an aspiring composer who juggles a relationship on the brink of becoming a greater commitment, a friend drifting from their bohemian lifestyle, and the approaching workshop of his latest musical.
Miranda stars in Disney's upcoming Mary Poppins Returns and is also at work on a film adaptation of his and Quiara Alegría Hudes' musical In the Heights, currently slated to premiere in June 2020.
Rent is also on tap to head to the screen (again, following a 2005 movie), with Fox preparing to present a live broadcast in early 2019.