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‘Hamilton’ Is Going To Become A Movie Thanks To Disney Buying The Rights

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit musical “Hamilton” if finally becoming a movie. Thanks to Disney and its determination to own everything you love, the filmed version of Hamilton, starring the original cast, will hit movie theaters nationwide next year. 

Unlike many other Disney films, this won’t be an adaptation. 

The just-announced that the “Hamilton” film won’t be re-casted or adapted to the screen. Instead, the film will actually be a theatrical release of a filmed Broadway performance. 

Filmed on stage at The Richard Rodgers Theatre, Disney’s “Hamilton” will feature Lin-Manuel Miranda himself. 

Back in 2016, when “Hamilton” was a new Broadway phenomenon, the show’s creative team decided to film the musical before the original cast departed. “We’re filming the original cast before I go. WE GOT YOU,” Miranda tweeted back then, adding in a second tweet, “What are we doing with that footage? No idea. Throwing it in a vault at Gringotts for a bit probly. But we’re getting it.”

In that original cast, Miranda played the title character, U.S. Treasury Secretary and Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. 

The cast also included Leslie Odom Jr., Daveed Diggs, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Christopher Jackson, Jonathan Groff, Phillipa Soo, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Okieriete Onaodowan, and Anthony Ramos (who is next starring in the movie version of Miranda’s previous musical, “In the Heights”). Odom Jr., Diggs, and Goldsberry all won Tony Awards for their performances, while Miranda took home the best score, best book, and best musical prizes.

Rights to the stage film went for a whopping $75 million, in a deal brokered by Endeavor Content on behalf of Miranda, according to Variety. 

Endeavor shopped the project around Hollywood, presenting to studios including Warner Bros. But ultimately, Disney bagged it.

The splurge was well worth it, “Hamilton” has become a true cultural phenomenon. 

As reporter Mike Fleming Jr. put it, “I can’t think of an acquisition of a finished film that has gone for more money than this one.” But the investment seems logical; the theatrical run seems guaranteed to draw lots of Hamilfans, especially those who have for whatever reason not been able to see the stage production. And afterward? It’ll make great a great addition to the studio’s streaming service, Disney+.

“Hamilton” debuted on Broadway in 2015 and continues to be an important play across the country.

Miranda’s musical play won numerous accolades since it’s debut, including 11 Tonys and the Pulitzer Prize for drama. “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 and chairman Bob Iger said in a 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.”

Sold-out shows and astronomical ticket prices and sales to the side, the show has been praise for revitalizing and revolutionizing Broadway as a whole.

Celebrities Seeing Hamilton became a miniature entertainment beat in its own right. Total Broadway grosses to date for Hamilton stand at $636.5 million, with every performance playing to capacity. That figure does not include massive revenues from North American tours and the hit London production.

Lin-Manuel Miranda fell in love with musicals thanks to Disney.

“I fell in love with musical storytelling growing up with the legendary Howard Ashman-Alan Menken Disney collaborations —‘The Little Mermaid,’ ‘Beauty and The Beast,’ ‘Aladdin,’” Miranda said. “I’m so proud of what Tommy Kail has been able to capture in this filmed version of ‘Hamilton’—a live theatrical experience that feels just as immediate in your local movie theater. We’re excited to partner with Disney to bring the original Broadway company of ‘Hamilton’ to the largest audience possible.”

Miranda originated the role off-Broadway and on Broadway, staying with the show through July, 2016.

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As Hamilton, Miranda was the first person to perform now-iconic songs like “My Shot,” which he first performed at a 2009 White House event. He was succeeded on Broadway by Javier Muñoz, who had been his alternate up until that point. As of this writing, the role is played on Broadway by Jimmie “JJ” Jeter. Other current A.Hams include Joseph Morales, who plays the role on the “Philip” tour, Edred Utomi on the “Angelica” tour, Julius Thomas III in San Francisco, and Karl Queensborough in London. 

Hamilton is set to hit theaters on Oct. 15, 2021.

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‘Hamilton’ Won’t Be Eligible For An Academy Award Next Year

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‘Hamilton’ Won’t Be Eligible For An Academy Award Next Year

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For years Hamilton has been lauded as a Broadway breakout hit. Having racked up a record-setting 16 nominations at the 2016 Tony Awards, Hamilton and ultimately taking home 11 awards, including Best Musical. The musical also won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. So when it was announced a filmed version of the stage production would be launched on Disney+ many wondered if the play would be a winner that would take all at the 2021 Academy Awards.

Unfortunately, it looks as if that beam of fan hope won’t be happening.

Despite the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ decision to temporarily change its rules to allow movies that originally planned theatrical runs to be eligible for Best Picture nomination, Hamilton will not be a contender.

The change, which came as a result of coronavirus concerns, altered rules which required movies distributed by streaming platforms to play in movie theaters for a minimum of seven days to meet nomination requirements.

Unfortunately, the updated rule excludes Hamilton. Language added to the Academy Awards guidelines in 1997 bars recorded stage performances from taking home nominations.

The addition to the 1997 rule was spurred by a performance by Sir Laurence Olivier who received a Best Actor nomination in 1966 for his blackface portrayal of Othello in a “hybrid stage/film production.” from According to People, James Whitmore also received a nomination 10 years later in the same category for his role as Harry S. Truman in a recorded version of Give ’em Hell, Harry!

Vulture confirmed recently that “as a recorded stage production, Hamilton is not eligible for awards consideration.”

Fortunately, Hamilton will be eligible for an Emmy nomination if it adds its name to the outstanding variety special (pre-recorded) category.

Hamilton is streaming now on Disney+.

Lin-Manuel Miranda Says Criticisms Of ‘Hamilton’ Are Valid And It’s All ‘Fair Game’

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Lin-Manuel Miranda Says Criticisms Of ‘Hamilton’ Are Valid And It’s All ‘Fair Game’

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Update July 7, 2020, 4:00 p.m. PST: People are going after “Hamilton” because of its depiction of Alexander Hamilton, who was a slave owner. In a time when Confederate monuments are falling, some people want to cancel the show because it does elevate the people of the time. Lin-Manuel Miranda does not disagree with them

Lin-Manuel Miranda validated the criticism lodged against “Hamilton.”

There was a lot of criticism recently lodged at the musical. The renewed attention is partly because Disney+is streaming the very successful play during the 4th of July weekend. While Miranda has said the criticisms are valid, he did express the difficulty of creating a play and capturing every moment of the Founding Fathers in one play. There is no arguing that the Founding Fathers were not indeed problematic and owned slaves.

During this time, it is important to have tough conversations about the legacy of this country and what we can do to acknowledge and rectify the issues.

“Hamilton” is an exquisite work of art. The casting sets it apart from other plays that do not try to be as inclusive. Yet, it is very important to remember our history. Some of the people we are taught to celebrate and hold in high esteem are not worthy of that praise. Some are responsible for killing off large amount of native people. Others were involved with the brutal slave trade that created one of the largest diasporas in human history. You can honor the work of a Latino creator and acknowledge the flaws even he admits to.

Original: Families across the nation celebrated their 4th of July weekend watching “Hamilton.” The musical is one of the most celebrated musicals in recent history. Yet, some people have a problem with the musical and its debut on Disney+ has angered some Twitter users.

“Hamilton” is currently streaming on Disney+ and fans are so excited.

The very popular musical is a Broadway sensation. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s play is one of the most celebrated shows in recent history with sold-out shows across the country. The play tells the story of Alexander Hamilton, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States.

The play has been celebrated because the actors cast in the production are all actors of color. It took a white story and was filled with people of color showing a side of Hamilton people don’t often address. Miranda admitted that he didn’t know much about Hamilton until reading a biography about the man while on vacation. He felt the story of Hamilton is inherently an immigrant story and deserved to be told with a twist.

#CancelHamilton started trending over the weekend and a quick search shows that most of the tweets are from conservatives.

There is a movement happening right now in the U.S. with people tearing down statues honoring Confederate soldiers and leaders. The Confederacy is the side of the Civil War fighting to preserve slavery and lost the war. The hashtag is filled with people complaining that other Confederate monuments are being torn down, so why not cancel “Hamilton.”

One argument being made against canceling “Hamilton” is that it is fiction. Those for the cancellation of “Hamilton” claim that is should be torn down like Confederate statues. Yet, those against the cancellation claim that the show is a fictitious account and not the same as monuments and statues built to celebrate a legacy steeped in slave ownership.

Some of the people defending the show are pointing to the cast of filled with people of color.

The show made history with its diverse cast offering a glimpse into history through the voices of people of color. This kind of representation gave young people of color a chance to see themselves represented in history. It might only be a play but it is a play that has captivated an audience of Black and brown people who can see people who look like them representing U.S. history.

It has reignited the debate about cancel culture being weaponized and weakened by bad actors.

The cancel culture has come after several celebrities and businesses calling out bad practices. It seems though that every week there is a new attempt to cancel someone or something. Cancel culture has come under fire for cutting people before giving them a chance to learn from their mistakes.

Some people want to cancel cancel culture instead of “Hamilton” and that thought is spreading.

Cancel culture has claimed a lot of people. It started to grow in prominence as social media became more and more popular and far-reaching. What do you think about Cancel Culture?

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