Fans of the hit musical will finally be relieved to hear that Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights has officially found a new home.
The film rights to the Tony Award-winning musical from Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes has landed at Warner Bros. after being stuck in limbo at The Weinstein Company as it was gearing up for bankruptcy.
Set in New York’s Washington Heights neighbourhood, the story centers on a bodega owner who has mixed feelings about closing his store and retiring to the Dominican Republic after inheriting his grandmother’s fortune.
Following years of development, the film rights to In the Heights were released by Universal in 2011 and were later picked up in May 2016 by TWC after Miranda’s Hamilton became a Broadway hit.
The casting process for the proposed project was underway when the New York Times and New Yorker released their exposés, detailing decades’ worth of sexual assault and harassment allegations against Harvey Weinstein. Following those reports, Miranda and Hudes took to Twitter to say that they no longer wanted to work with Weinstein:
“As a woman, I can no longer do business with The Weinstein Company. To those women who suffered directly at Harvey’s hands, I extend my sincerest compassion and support.”
Jon M. Chu, who directed the upcoming Warner Bros.’ summer feature Crazy Rich Asians, will direct the movie, having been attached to the project since its time with Weinstein and co. Anthony Bregman, Mara Jacobs and Scott Sanders will produce.
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