Despite Russell Crowe’s worst efforts, the movie musical is not dead. It’s actually doing quite well, thanks in no small part, to Lin-Manuel Miranda and Hamilton becoming the talk of the town. According to The Hollywood Reporter, In The Heights, Lin’s first big smash hit and Tony winning juggernaut, is finally on track to get a big screen adaptation after sitting in limbo because of everybody’s least favorite guy, Harvey Fucking Weinstein.
The film rights to the Tony Award-winning musical from Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes has landed at Warner Bros. after being stuck at The Weinstein Co. as it was readying for bankruptcy.
Lin wrote the score for In The Heights and Pulitzer Prize winning author Quiara Alegría Hudes wrote the book.
Set in New York’s Washington Heights, the story centers on a bodega owner who has mixed feelings about closing his store and retiring to the Dominican Republic after inheriting his grandmother’s fortune.
Both Lin and Quiara took a strong stance last year when they first learned that their baby was saddled with the worst godfather EVER. When news of Harvey’s proclivities first surfaced, Quiara #tooktotwitter to denounce Harvey and distance herself and ITH from him.
— Quiara A Hudes (@quiarahudes) October 12, 2017
Lin co-signed as well.
As usual, Quiara does the prose best. She speaks for us both. https://t.co/7uEDe1DqJF
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) October 12, 2017
But now that the dust has settled, Warner Brothers is ready to gentrify the shit out of this cuz they’ve picked themselves up one of the hottest properties in the barrio. Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu has already signed on, and they had started the casting process when the Harvey news hit so presumably they have some ideas already. Hopefully between Mary Poppins and this, everybody will be able to get their Lin fix until the year 2038 when Chrissy Teigen and John Legend’s new baby will be starring in Hamilton: The Movie.