“Creed” director Ryan Coogler says he’s interested in potentially directing a film adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop musical “Hamilton” which was a smash hit on Broadway last year.
Inspired by Ron Chernow’s biography Alexander Hamilton, the musical tells the story of Hamilton who went from an orphan in the Caribbean to one of the most powerful and influential figures in American history before his life was tragically cut short by his rival Aaron Burr. The musical has been sold out for months and shows no sign of slowing down in popularity.
Speaking with Vanity Fair, Coogler revealed he saw the musical on Sunday night and spent time afterward backstage with Miranda. He says the production, which not only utilizes hip-hop but features a cast of predominantly black and Hispanic actors, perfectly fits current events and the struggles the United States has faced since its inception:
“I’m taking a new approach and a new passion to looking at history – specifically American history. So it was really amazing to see this play that takes two things – hip-hop and the American Revolution-that you would think wouldn’t have anything to do with each other, but they actually fit each other like a glove.
When you look at the idea of the underdog, the idea of people feeling like they are being overlooked, people who feel like they have something to prove. And the shortsightedness that revolutionaries could have at times. You know what I mean? They could be simultaneously longsighted and shortsighted.”
Asked if he’d like to be the guy to take on the duty of directing a film adaptation, Coogler responded: “I think anyone who ever picked up a camera would. That’s all people are talking about in California right now.”