According to The Wall Street Journal, there’s a bidding war going down in Hollywood right now for the movie rights to one of the biggest Broadway hits in recent history.
Written and scored by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the rap-history musical chronicles the rise and demise of Alexander Hamilton, founding father and first secretary to the treasury of the United States. It quite simply BLEW UP the box office after it debuted off-Broadway in early 2015!
Since then, the show has earned a record 16 Tony nominations (11 of which it won), the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.
Obviously, it has also been selling out on Broadway, off-Broadway and during its tours across the US and Puerto Rico, making it near impossible for the average Joe (in the US, Canada or elsewhere) to see and hear for themselves just what all the fuss is about. There have been behind-the-scenes glimpses, there was Miranda’s brilliant performance at the 2009 Obama White House Poetry Jam, drama around one of the actors’ plea to attendee VP Mike Pence, and there was even a full pirated copy of the show on Pornhub (don’t worry, the link is SFW), but the full feature remains tricky to watch.
But according to this welcome news, fans will only have to wait a few more years–until 2020 or 2021–to (legally) see the full show on the big screen.
The Wall Street Journal’s two unnamed sources claim that the battle for the movie rights to a recorded version of the show has already reached the sum of $50 million. Worth it!
The recording is said to have been captured in 2016, before the star and creator, Miranda, left the cast. Miranda’s people have yet to respond to a request for comments from the WSJ, but that hasn’t stopped the excitement from spreading.
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For most people, this is a major victory. The show has quickly metamorphosed from a simple musical to a cultural touchstone, and until now, the prospects of actually seeing it were bleak. Now, however, it seems only a matter of time.