The actor was in the original cast of Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda's other Tony-winning musical.
The In the Heights movie may have found its Usnavi. According to Variety, Hamilton star Anthony Ramos is "in talks" to star in the feature film adaptation of the 2008 musical from Hamilton's Lin-Manuel Miranda (with a book from Quiara Alegría Hudes).
Ramos played Philip Hamilton and John Laurens in the original cast of Miranda's Hamilton, the blockbuster Broadway muscial based on the life of Alexander Hamilton that Miranda wrote following his success with In the Heights, which also won the Tony for Best Musical. Ramos has also appeared as Mars Blackmon in Netflix’s She’s Gotta Have It, as Manny Ortega in Sundance standout Monsters and Men, and is set to appear in Legendary Godzilla: King of Monsters.
Here's the official synopsis for the In the Heights film adaptation:
Ramos, having just appeared in “A Star is Born,” previously played the lead role of Unsavi in a production of “In the Heights” at the Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. “Crazy Rich Asians” director Jon M. Chu, who is helming this project as well, tweeted that Ramos was his dream casting.
The musical, created by Lin Manuel-Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes, follows a bodega owner in the New York City’s Washington Heights neighborhood, who has mixed feelings about closing his store and retiring to the Dominican Republic after inheriting his grandmother’s fortune.
Also Read: Lin-Manuel Miranda's 'In The Heights' Set for Summer 2020 Release
The Broadway production of “In The Heights” won the Tony for Best Musical and Best Original Score, as well as a
The musical won four Tonys in 2008 including for Best Musical, for Quiara Alegría Hudes’ book, and for Miranda’s lyrics. In the original storyline, Usnavi strikes it rich and plans to leave, until the pull of the neighborhood and the people in it give him pause. Synopsis of In The Heights movie: Residents of largely Latino Upper Manhattan neighborhood Washington Heights – a bodega owner, a college student, a taxi driver, a beauty salon worker, and an old woman – aspire to better lives
Sources tell Variety that Ramos is in talks to re-team with “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda to star in the film adaptation of the 2005 Broadway musical “In the Heights.”
“In the Heights” is set in Washington Heights in New York City and focuses on a bodega owner who is closing his store and retiring to the Dominican Republic after inheriting his grandmother’s fortune. Quiara Alegría Hudes penning the script. “Crazy Rich Asians” filmmaker Jon M. Chu is on board to direct, while Miranda, Anthony Bregman, Mara Jacobs, and Scott Sanders will produce.
Warner Bros. won the bidding war this May for the movie version of “In the Heights,” which won the 2008 Tony Award for best musical. It had previously been set up at the Weinstein Company but was extricated
Lantern Entertainment said on Monday that it has partnered with international film distribution and financing company 13 Films to release the buzzy “The Current War” and horror flick “Polaroid” overseas.
The company did not specify what the plan would be for the two films’ domestic releases.
Also Read: Lantern Finally Owns The Weinstein Company's Remains - Now What?
“The Current War,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Shannon, and “Polaroid” are the last two unreleased films in Lantern’s library. STXFilms acquired global rights to the studio’s Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston film “The Upside,” and “Hotel Mumbai” landed at Bleecker Street after the film’s producers bought back the rights.
“The Current War” was the talk of the Toronto International Film Festival last year and was initially
1) On Friday Miranda was announced as part of the cast, along with James McAvoy and Ruth Wilson, in the BBC’s upcoming series “His Dark Materials,” based on the bestselling fantasy novels by British author Philip Pullman.
2) Just three days before, it was announced Miranda would be executive producing an FX limited series based on the life of Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon with Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams attached as the leads.
3) Last week, Variety reported he would be making his feature directorial debut with “Tick, Tick… Boom,” based on the 2014 stage production about “Rent” playwright Jonathan Larson.
4) Audiences will see him star opposite Emily Blunt in another Disney feature, the upcoming “Mary Poppins Returns,” bowing just in time for Christmas on Dec.
The Wall Street Journal, citing two unnamed people with knowledge of the deal talks, said Tuesday that the sellers are asking that the recording not play in theaters or stream until 2020 or 2021. The recording at the center of the bidding war was made in 2016, shortly before Lin-Manuel Miranda departed from the cast.
The play was inspired by Ron Chernow’s 2004 biography “Alexander Hamilton” with Miranda writing the music, lyrics, and book. Miranda mixed hip hop, R&B, pop, soul, and show tunes to create a blockbuster production that debuted on Broadway in 2015 and received a record-setting 16 Tony nominations, winning 11 along with the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album and the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
But following more than 30 years worth of accusations of sexual harassment and assault against former boss Harvey Weinstein, from a multitude of women, the company swiftly atrophied into a shell of its former self.
So what did Lantern exactly get out of its purchase?
The company paid $289 million to acquire TWC and its assets out of bankruptcy. It walked away with three unreleased films after haggling with filmmakers and producers over the rights to some of the projects, and a whole lot more.
Also Read: Weinstein Co $289 Million Sale to Lantern Closes
“The Upside,” a remake of the 2011 French drama “The Intouchables,” starring Brian Cranston, Kevin Hart and Nicole Kidman is arguably
The movie will be based on the autobiographical musical by “Rent” playwright Jonathan Larson. “Tick, Tick… Boom!” tells the story of an aspiring composer in New York City who is worried he made the wrong career choice. Larson first performed the piece as a solo work in 1990. After his death in 1996, playwright David Auburn revised the musical and premiered it Off-Broadway in 2001.
Miranda, who starred in a 2014 stage production of “Tick, Tick…Boom!,” will also produce the film, alongside Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, and Imagine’s Julie Oh. Playwright and TV writer Steven Levenson will write the screen adaptation.
“Jonathan Larson’s captivating storytelling in ‘Rent’ first taught me that musicals could be contemporary, true to life, and depict your own experiences,” Miranda said. “But it was ‘Tick, Tick…Boom!’ that solidified
Miranda once starred in the off-Broadway production of Tick, Tick…Boom! While he has been enjoying the results of his groundbreaking 11-Tony-winning musical Hamilton and moving his career forward, this is the second project that taps into his formative stages to be set as a major movie musical. Miranda developed his first musical, In the Heights, while at Wesleyan University
According to court documents filed on Friday, Lantern Entertainment, which bought TWC out of bankruptcy for $310 million in May, has agreed to relinquish distribution rights to the film, acquired in the sale.
The film was listed as a “top title” in Lantern’s sale agreement.
Warner Bros. won a bidding war for the project on May 17. The project had previously been set up at the Weinstein Company in 2016, but was extricated from TWC last fall after the Harvey Weinstein sexual misconduct scandal broke open. “In the Heights” is produced by Miranda, Anthony Bregman, Mara Jacobs, and Scott Sanders.
“In the Heights” is set in Washington Heights in New York City and focuses on a bodega owner who’s closing his store and retiring to the Dominican Republic after inheriting his grandmother’s fortune. The project has “Crazy Rich Asians” director Jon Chu attached, along with the musical’s book writer and screenwriter Quiara Alegría Hudes.
“In the Heights” had been set at Universal with Kenny Ortega attached to direct and Miranda
At this point no cast is set, but Miranda is producing with the pic being adapted off Hudes’ script and Miranda’s music and lyrics. A decade ago, Miranda starred in the four-Tony-winning Broadway musical in which he played a bodega owner in Washington Heights who strikes it rich and plans to leave, until the pull of the neighborhood and the people in it give him pause. Miranda followed that up by creating Hamilton.
The announcement comes two weeks after Warner Bros. won an intense bidding war to pick up the rights to the musical after Miranda reclaimed them from The Weinstein Company in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the studio’s bankruptcy.
The rights were originally picked up by Universal, but were dropped in 2011 after the studio was reportedly reluctant to produce the film at a $37 million budget. They were then passed to TWC with plans to make the film on a $15 million budget. But after news broke of Harvey Weinstein’s history of sexual harassment and assault and TWC fell into financial collapse, the rights went back to Miranda and co-creator Quiara Alegría Hudes.
Also Read: Warner Bros Wins 'In the Heights' Movie Rights Auction
See 2018 Tony Awards nominations push Broadway to best season ever for attendance and grosses
X – Admissions, by Joshua Harmon
Mary Jane, by Amy Herzog
Miles for Mary, by The Mad Ones
People, Places & Things, by Duncan Macmillan
School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play, by Jocelyn Bioh
Best Revival of a Play
X – Angels in America
In the Blood
Three Tall Women
Best Director of a Play
The project had been set up at the Weinstein Company in 2016 but was extricated from TWC last fall after the Harvey Weinstein sexual misconduct scandal broke open. “In the Heights” is produced by Miranda, Anthony Bregman, Mara Jacobs, and Scott Sanders.
“In the Heights” is set in Washington Heights in New York City and focuses on a bodega owner who’s closing his store and retiring to the Dominican Republic after inheriting his grandmother’s fortune. The project has “Crazy Rich Asians” director Jon Chu attached along with the musical’s book writer and screenwriter Quiara Alegría Hudes. Endeavor Content represented the property and brokered the deal.
“In the Heights” had been set at Universal with Kenny Ortega attached
The property has been the subject of a hot auction after it was extracted from The Weinstein Company ahead of its bankruptcy.
Last month, Lin Manuel-Miranda and “In the Heights” co-creator Quiara Alegría Hudes regained control of movie rights to the Tony Award-winning musical, in the aftermath of The Weinstein Company’s downfall, an insider with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap.
Also Read: Lin Manuel-Miranda, Quiara Alegría Hudes Wrestle 'In The Heights' Movie Rights Back From TWC
Deadline originally reported that the underlying rights to “In the Heights” reverted back to Miranda and Hudes before TWC filed for bankruptcy since the film had not yet gone into production.
After the accusations of Harvey Weinstein’s decades of sexual assault and harassment, Miranda and Hudes demanded the rights back.
Bidders for the project — pitched directly by Jon M. Chu who is directing the movie and also helmed Warners’ upcoming Crazy Rich Asians, the musical’s book writer and screenwriter Quiara Alegría Hudes, and with Miranda joining by phone — included Fox, Paramount, Sony, Disney, Netflix and Apple. Warner Bros’ winning bid includes giving first-dollar gross for the filmmaking team.
Endeavor Content repped the property and brokered the deal. Anthony Bregman, Mara Jacobs and Scott Sanders are producers.
In the auction that went down the first week of May, studios got an early look at Hudes’ script, and they involved their marketing departments
IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.