Lin-Manuel Miranda’s quest for world domination continues with today’s news that a film adaptation of his Tony Award–winning musical “In the Heights” is in development at the Weinstein Company. Currently all the rage for his Broadway hit “Hamilton,” Miranda is producing “In the Heights” with a projected budget of $15 million.
The project was previously in the works at Universal, but the studio put it in turnaround in 2011. It concerns a bodega owner in New York who, after gaining an inheritance, is conflicted about leaving his life behind and returning to the Dominican Republic. Miranda is currently starring in “Hamilton,” for which he wrote the book, music and lyrics; the hugely successful musical has been nominated for a record-breaking 16 Tonys and won a Pulitzer.
On the big screen, he’ll soon be seen in the “Mary Poppins” sequel arriving in 2018, which co-stars Emily Blunt; no word yet on whether he’ll also act in this new adaptation. “In the Heights,” which was nominated for 13 Tony Awards, played on Broadway from 2008 to 2011 and continues to tour the world.