Some exciting news:
As I previously posted, plans for a movie version of the Tony-winning musical In the Heights are in the works. Now with Universal Pictures acquiring the rights to the film adaptation, those plans are now closer to manifesting.
Lin-Manuel Miranda is expected to recreate his Tony-nominated role on screen as well as produce with ex-Miramax/Weinstein Co. production head Meryl Poster. Prolific producer Kevin McCollum, Jeffrey Seller and Jill Furman, who produced the Broadway production, will executive produce the motion picture.
Quiara Alegria Hudes is also expected to adapt her book for the screenplay. And that's where I get concerned. The biggest problem with the Broadway production of In the Heights was its unremarkable and pedestrian book. What was otherwise an electrifying show (score, choreography, set design, performances), the lame-ish words of Hudes seemed to hamper In the Heights from reaching truly amazing heights.
Hopefully Hudes takes this as an opportunity to listen to her critics and to improve upon her work. I know I'm willing to give her a second chance for this wonderful show.