Lin-Manuel Miranda isn’t sure if he’ll ever take his shot at turning Hamilton into a Hollywood movie.
The Tony Award-winning historical musical will be coming to Disney+ in a special shot by director Thomas Kail, capturing the original cast shortly before they left the production in 2016.
The next step might seem like turning the story of Alexander Hamilton into a musical biopic – especially since Miranda is currently adapting his prior production In The Heights for the big screen.
Yet, Miranda has admitted to Variety that he’s not convinced Hamilton will follow the same path as In The Heights, explaining: “I don’t love a lot of movie musicals based on shows because it’s hard to stick the landing. I’m very proud of Jon Chu’s version of In the Heights.
“It is a different animal than the stage production. As long as I think of those as different things, it’s exciting. I don’t know what a cinematic version of Hamilton looks like. If I had, I’d have written it as a movie. I know [director] Tommy [Kail] has the right of first refusal.”
Kail added: “I don’t know what the narrative feature of Hamilton looks like either. But my sense is that – and Lin might have struck on the key to it for me – when you are making an adaptation of a musical that is a movie, it shouldn’t necessarily try to be the stage play.
“It needs to be free from that, because you’ll fail. That’s something I’m going to be tasked with when I’m being asked to make a movie of Fiddler on the Roof, because Fiddler on the Roof already exists as a fantastic movie.
“I’m going to make something that lives alongside that, just like it lives alongside a high school production, a college production, and the original Broadway production, and all of the revivals of it.”
Hamilton arrives on Disney+ on Friday, July 3.
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