The Film That Lit My Fuse is a Deadline video series that aims to provide an antidote to grim headlines about industry uncertainty by swinging the conversation back to the creative ambitions, formative influences and inspirations of some of today’s great screen artists.
Every installment asks the same five questions. On the eve of the historic Disney+ premiere of Hamilton on July 3, Lin-Manuel Miranda shares the formative influences that shaped one of the most original voices to flatter Broadway and Hollywood. Aside from Hamilton, Miranda’s stage musical In the Heights is the basis for a 2021 Warner Bros musical film by Crazy Rich Asians director Jon M. Chu. Miranda wrote it while a student at Wesleyan, with book by Quiara Alegría Hudes. As an actor, he composed the music for the Disney animated musical Moana, and he co-starred in Mary Poppins Returns.
Miranda has made history with Hamilton, which began when he read the Ron Chernow book. It became Broadway’s hottest ticket, and among an avalanche of accolades won the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize before Disney paid $75 million for rights to a film in which director Thomas Kail culled together the best of several final performances of the original Broadway cast. He’ll next direct Tick, Tick…Boom!, the semi-autobiographical musical by Jonathan Larson, who would go on to create the Broadway smash Rent.
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