The success of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton may have overshadowed his 2008 Tony-winning musical In the Heights but producer Harvey Weinstein hasn’t forgotten. The film mogul who has been heavily involved on Broadway, with projects ranging from musicals like Finding Neverland and The Addams Family, is working with Miranda to make a movie of Miranda’s rap- and Latin-flavored musical about life in the Manhattan immigrant neighborhood of Washington Heights. As with Hamilton Miranda both wrote the score and starred (as Usnavi) in the original Broadway production.
Universal Pictures had picked up the rights to Heights, but then dropped them in 2011.
The Hollywood Reporter said The Weinstein Co. is budgeting the film at $15 million, and said, “Though Miranda will be heavily involved in the film, he won’t likely star because the now 36-year-old has aged out of the role.” The Weinstein Co. also produced the Oscar-winning film adaptation of Chicago.
No other casting or a production schedule were reported.
Scott Sanders ( Evita, The Color Purple) is co-producing. The screenplay had been adapted by Marc Klein ( Serendipity) but another writer “will likely be brought in to take another crack at the material.”