Lin-Manuel Miranda is a name that’s been floating around Hollywood for some time. You may not have realized it, but he’s been lending his talents to the entertainment biz for sometime now, be it as a bit actor, composer, or songwriter. No joke, you may have already seen him in a few shows without even realizing it at the time.
2016 was a big year for the talent, as it’s the year that Hamilton hit it big in a crazy way. Few Broadway shows are able to get as much mainstream attention as his musical got. Not only did the show have a unique mixture of rap and the American Revolution, but it also featured genuinely good storytelling that helped to make the musical connect with those perhaps not predisposed to the musical stylings.
So bit it’s gotten that it’s pretty much a foregone conclusion that one day, Hollywood will turn to make it into a feature film. The big question seems to be: when? Speaking with THR's Awards Chatter podcast, Miranda confirmed that a Hamilton movie would happen someday…but that it likely wouldn’t be for a while, as he wants to make sure enough people who want to see the show on stage will be able to do so.
Miranda elaborated on this idea that he’s likely far from done with his role in Hamilton, despite having finished his Broadway run portraying the title character.
"I don't think I'm done with that role, by any stretch. It's just a meal of a role. In other shows, maybe you have a part where you get to fall in love, maybe you have a part where you get to fight in a gun duel, maybe you get a part where you get to have an affair, maybe you get a part where you lose a loved one and get to explore all that. In Hamilton, you do all of that! You do everything you do in life in two hours and 45 minutes. You live your fullest life. So that never gets old."
Well, we certainly adored the musical, and have spent countless hours absorbing the amazing storytelling through song, but we can’t help but be a little disappointed that a film isn’t in the cards for some time. Hamilton is a uniquely structure tale that spans decades, and it’d be interesting to see a director’s take on the material, given its fast pacing, quick transitions, and operatic drama. It’s a shame we’ll have to wait another five to ten years to see that hit the silver screen. Though on the plus side, it gives plebes like me plenty of time to catch the show at the theater in the city once the fervor has died down.
What do you think of this news? Are you happy to hear that we likely won’t see a Hamilton film for a long time, or is this just another missed opportunity? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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