'Hamilton' Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda's 'In the Heights' Gets Tapped for Film Adaptation With Weinstein Compan
By Rachel McRady
Wepa! Fans of the hit Broadway musical In the Heights have long been awaiting a film adaptation of the Lin-Manuel Miranda creation. The Tony Award-winning show was originally set to have a movie directed by High School Musical creator Kenny Ortega, but the project was scrapped in 2011. Now, the film has been given new life thanks to the Weinstein Company.
The massive film company has taken on the adaptation with Miranda producing, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The beloved show about the Manhattan neighborhood of Washington Heights has gained a new following thanks to Miranda’s Broadway blockbuster, Hamilton, which has shattered several records on the Great White Way and is currently nominated for 16 Tony Awards.
Miranda has not confirmed whether he will star in the lead role of Usnavi, which he originated on Broadway in 2008. His longtime pal Christopher Jackson also starred in the show as Benny and is currently playing George Washington in Hamilton.
The Weinstein Company is working with a script from Quiara Alegria Hudes, who penned the book for the musical. The Oscar-collecting company is also responsible for the 2002 hit adaptation of Chicago.
Tuesday was a big day for Miranda who confirmed his role in the Mary Poppins sequel alongside Emily Blunt. Following the news of both films, he took to Facebook, writing, “When it rains it pours. When it movies it double movies. Heights is back on. Quiara’s new screenplay is great!”