If you’re not as up to date on your theatre trivia, In the Heights is a musical written by Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegria Hudes that had a regional premiere in Connecticut in 2005 before moving to Off-Broadway in 2007 and then again to Broadway in 2008. The show tells the story of the inhabitants of a predominantly Hispanic-American neighborhood in Washington Heights over the course of three days and the events that take place during that duration of time.
In the Heights ran for three years at the Richard Rodgers Theatre and was nominated for thirteen Tony Awards in 2008 and even won four of them: Best Choreography, Best Orginal Score, Best Orchestrations, and Best Musical. It also won a Grammy for Best Musical Show Album and was nominated for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
For years there were rumors of a movie being in the works and after a little stint with Universal, it had eventually found a home at The Weinstein Company. However, when the Harvey Weinstein sexual misconduct scandal broke, Hudes asked for the rights to be reverted back to her and Miranda and it seems that the production has now found a new permanent home at Warner Bros.
This collaboration is all thanks to Endeavor Content who represented the property and brokered the deal and Hudes, who wrote the book for the musical, is set to return and write the screenplay while “Crazy Rich Asians” director Jon Chu has been pegged to direct the feature. No news has been released about an expected release date or whether or not Miranda himself will be returning to play the character of Usani as he did in the original productions.
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