Before he created the stage cultural sensation “Hamilton,” actor/composer/rapper/writer Lin-Manuel Miranda was responsible for another famed play – the 2008 Tony Award winning musical “In the Heights”.
A film version of that production had previously been in development at Universal Pictures until it was put into turnaround five years ago when the studio balked at the $37 million budget for the Kenny Ortega-helmed feature.
Now it seems the project has new life again as The Weinstein Company is reportedly working on an adaptation of the bodega-set project. Miranda will produce the film which they plan to make for around $15 million, but no director is yet in place.
Set in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan, 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.
Though Miranda creatively will be heavily involved, it’s unclear if he’ll star as the actor is a full decade older than the character he first conceived. Scott Sanders and Mara Jacobs will produce, while original stage book writer Quiara Alegria Hudes is penning the new screenplay.