With Hamilton breaking records and become a breakout cultural phenomenon on the Broadway stage, it’s helped breath life back in plans to make a film based on Lin-Manuel Miranda’s earlier Tony-winning hit musical, In The Heights. Those plans are now gathering pace, with TheWrap reporting that Now You See Me 2 and G.I. Joe: Retaliation‘s Jon M. Chu is in talks to direct.
While those movies may not sound like good training for a musical, Chu’s background is actually in choreography. He’s also directed two of the Step Up movies, as well as the Justin Bieber documentary/concert movies Believe and Never Say Never, as well as the recent Jem And The Holograms film.
Miranda is leaving the cast of Hamilton soon, partly so he can help ensure the In The Heights Film is done correctly. On stage, he originated the lead role of In The Heights’ bodega owner Usvani, with the musical following the Dominican-American community in New York’s Washington Heights. It’s not expected that Miranda will play Usvani in the film (as it’s been reported he feels he’s now too old for the role), but he may well play another part.