Last week we heard Hamilton would be finally coming to the big screen. And we learned it would feature the original cast.
But today we have a release date and it can't come soon enough.
But even more exciting is the fact that it will be filmed on stage, in it's original form. The masterpeice and Tony Award winning musical (which just came through TPAC in January) will be brought to a wider audience when it hits the movies next year. But instead of reimagining the work with sets all over America (and a wee bit in England with King George), we get the intimacy and amazing sets from the original show. In fact, the 2 hour 40 minute film has already been made. It was shot before the original cast left the show. So everyone will get a taste of the Lin Manuel-Miranda show that the lucky few got to see on Broadway for $500.
And listen to this. It might be the most lucrative film rights deal in history. Deadline is reporting Disney paid $75 million for the rights to make picture.
“Lin-Manuel Miranda created an unforgettable theater experience and a true cultural phenomenon, and it was for good reason that ‘Hamilton’ was hailed as an astonishing work of art,” Disney CEO/chairman Bob Iger said in a released statement. “All who saw it with the original cast will never forget that singular experience. And we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to share this same Broadway experience with millions of people around the world.”