Netflix has beat off fierce competition to win the film rights to “Tick, Tick… Boom,” the currently in the works adaptation of “Rent” creator Jonathan Larson’s stage show.
“Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda will direct the project while “Dear Evan Hansen” writer Stephen Levenson is adapting the script. Andrew Garfield is said to be the top choice to star, but no deal is done.
Set in 1990, the story follows an aspiring theater composer waiting tables in New York City while writing Superbia – which he hopes will be the next great American musical. He is also feeling pressure from his girlfriend Susan who is tired of putting her life on hold for Jon’s career aspirations.
His best friend and roommate Michael has given up on his creative aspirations for a high paying advertising job on Madison Avenue and is about to move out. As Jon approaches his 30th birthday, he is overcome with anxiety – is his dream is worth the cost.
Miranda, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Julie Oh will produce.