Disney has been a solid year on all fronts. Be it in their Marvel films, their Pixar films, their live-action films, or their Disney films, they really haven’t had much of a failure (as always, I choose to ignore Alice Through the Looking Glass since it doesn’t fit my thesis). One of the big surprises for this writer was Zootopia. While the trailers for the movie were okay, but they didn’t, in any way, foreshadow the depth we’d get.
Similarly, Lin-Manuel Miranda seems to be having one heck of a year. If the success of his broadway musical Hamilton wasn’t enough, we also have the upcoming Disney flick Moana, for which he provided some music, and recently it was revealed that he hopped on board the Mary Poppins sequel.
Well, it doesn’t sound like Miranda will stop working with Disney anytime soon. In a recent interview with Vulture, Miranda discussed an upcoming collaboration with Zootopia co-director Byron Howard for Disney:
“That’s the fun thing about working with someone and having it go well — you go, ‘Okay, what else can we do?’ Lasseter took me aside and said, ‘I have an idea: Here’s Byron, and you guys should start talking.’ We literally haven’t gotten in the room yet, but we’re plotting.”
So not to get ahead of ourselves — animated projects fall apart all the time. However, between the talents of Miranda and Howard, I think something amazing can come of it, and it would be a disappointment if they couldn’t come up with a cohesive vision.
If all this Miranda/Disney love wasn’t enough, he’s also boarded their live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid, but we really don’t know what his role would be yet.
“We’re in super-early talks — I literally don’t have a title for what my job on The Little Mermaid is yet. Right now, it’s the guy who wears the ‘don’t mess it up’ hat. If I could sign a contract with that job title on it, that would be great! But that’s sort of where we are.”
Between all these projects, it looks like Miranda will be in the zeitgeist for quite some time. Which of these projects has you most excited? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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