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Lin-Manuel Miranda’s other Broadway hit might be coming to movie screens

Finally! Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony-winning street-music-infused hit Broadway musical looks like it will actually be getting adapted for screens in the near future. Wait, no—not Hamilton. We won’t be getting that for about 20 years. The one that The Wrap reports is currently being developed by the Weinstein Company is Miranda’s 2005’s In The Heights. Using in the language of hip-hop, salsa, and soul, the show follows the tangled lives of the residents of Manhattan’s predominantly Latino Washington Heights neighborhood over the course of three sweltering summer days.

Jon M. Chu—director of 2015’s disappointing throwback Jem And The Holograms and the surprisingly respected 2011 tour documentary Justin Bieber: Never Say Never—is reportedly in talks to take the helm on this adaptation. It’s unknown if Miranda will reprise his lead role as bodega owner Usnavi.


In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Miranda gave his thoughts on cinematic adaptations of musicals, Hamilton specifically. He explains that “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.” Referencing the Oscar-winning 1972 adaptation of John Kander and Fred Ebb’s Cabaret,” he also says that director Bob Fosse “really took that show, a great show, and made it into a film that could never have existed in the theater. Like, you couldn’t do that film onstage. So someone’s going to have to have the brilliant idea of how to make this into a film on its own terms.”

[via Slashfilm]

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