Jon M. Chu applauds decision to postpone release of In the Heights

Director Jon M. Chu has praised the decision to postpone the release of In the Heights.The silver screen adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit Broadway musical was set to be released on 26 June, but studio executives at Warner Bros. announced on Tuesd…

Director Jon M. Chu has praised the decision to postpone the release of In the Heights.

The silver screen adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hit Broadway musical was set to be released on 26 June, but studio executives at Warner Bros. announced on Tuesday that it would be delayed, amid the coronavirus pandemic.

“We had the best summer of our lives filming In the Heights movie last year,” Miranda told his followers on Twitter. “We couldn’t wait to share it with you. But we’re going to have to wait a little longer. When we can safely gather again, flags in hand, we will be there, enjoying this movie in theatres.”

And in an interview with Insider, Chu revealed he was relieved the film had been postponed, as he felt it needed to be shown in a crowded cinema, something that would be impossible now with the closures of movie theatres around the world.

“We want people to have (that) experience,” he explained. “And with it being a musical, if you look back at history, that kind of movie has always brought people together at the worst times to celebrate life. And now we need that even more so.”

While the Crazy Rich Asians filmmaker was frustrated at being just 20 days from completing the film, he wants In the Heights to bring people together once the world begins to recover from the Covid-19 outbreak.

“I think it’s going to give a lot of people that light they need,” Chu shared. “The big thing is we get this movie on the big screen when people are in the right place in their lives to enjoy it. When people are coming out of the darkness and the light can come in.”

He also took to Twitter to share the same touching sentiment, and told his followers: “We will have a big friggin’ party when we get to see it on the big screen! And we will all be together again dancing in the aisles!! Stay healthy and take care of your family in the meantime.”

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Bong Joon Ho would love to make a musical

Bong Joon Ho would love his next movie to be a musical.The 50-year-old South Korean director won critical acclaim and a host of awards for his black comedy thriller Parasite, but now he’s keen to tackle a different kind of project. “I would love to mak…

Bong Joon Ho would love his next movie to be a musical.

The 50-year-old South Korean director won critical acclaim and a host of awards for his black comedy thriller Parasite, but now he’s keen to tackle a different kind of project.

“I would love to make a musical,” Bong told Empire magazine, noting that his take on the genre would be unique. “Characters would begin singing, then think, ‘Oh my God, f**k this, this is too cheesy,’ and stop suddenly.

“There are amazing musical films, like Singin’ in the Rain. But when I watch them, I feel very embarrassed and start blushing. So it would have to be… different.”

Bong stunned Hollywood when the critically-acclaimed Parasite won Best Picture, Best Director, Best International Film, and Best Original Screenplay at the Oscars last month.

The filmmaker may well live up to his promise of making a “different” musical, as he’s well-known for telling unusual stories on the big screen. His Academy Award-winning film followed members of a poor family who scheme to become employed by a wealthy one by infiltrating their household, while his 2017 movie Okja told the story of a young girl who raises a genetically modified giant pig.

And Bong’s timing could be perfect, as the musical genre is currently making a comeback in Hollywood, with Steven Spielberg’s remake of West Side Story and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s cinematic adaptation of his musical In the Heights both in the works.

Little Women director Greta Gerwig is also developing an original musical that focuses on tap dancing.

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Lin-Manuel Miranda hints at In the Heights delay

Lin-Manuel Miranda has hinted at a delay to his movie In the Heights by revealing he was still working on it when the coronavirus outbreak hit America. The Mary Poppins Returns star is in charge of the music in the movie musical, the film adaptation o…

Lin-Manuel Miranda has hinted at a delay to his movie In the Heights by revealing he was still working on it when the coronavirus outbreak hit America.

The Mary Poppins Returns star is in charge of the music in the movie musical, the film adaptation of his Broadway show, and was working on the score when U.S. citizens were advised to self-isolate to help curb the spread of Covid-19.

In a video interview with Rosie O’Donnell on a one-off revival show of The Rosie O’Donnell Show on Sunday night, Miranda revealed there was a lot of work left to be done on the movie, which was slated for a U.S. release on 26 June.

“We were literally recording the score when all of this started happening,” he explained. “There’s a lot that remains to be done on that movie. We were finishing the score and the mixing and just getting the music exactly right.”

The Hamilton creator, who also stars in and is producing In the Heights, remained vague about whether the film would keep its current release date but made it clear his heart is set on it getting a theatrical run.

“I’m really hopeful that that’s something we all get to watch in the theatres together – when it’s time, and no sooner, to go out,” Miranda explained.

Most film and TV productions have shut down as a result of the outbreak due to social distancing measures instructing people to stay at home and avoid social contact with too many others.

Last week, Chris Meledandri, founder and chief executive of film and animation studio Illumination, revealed that animated sequel Minions: The Rise of Gru would no longer be released in July because his team are unable to continue working on the film.

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Anthony Ramos almost quit acting before seeing In the Heights on Broadway

In the Heights star Anthony Ramos had given up on acting until he saw the original Broadway production and decided to keep his career dreams alive.The Star Is Born actor headlines the upcoming film version of the musical, which was written by Lin-Manue…

In the Heights star Anthony Ramos had given up on acting until he saw the original Broadway production and decided to keep his career dreams alive.

The Star Is Born actor headlines the upcoming film version of the musical, which was written by Lin-Manuel Miranda and won four Tony Awards, including Best Musical, in 2008.

In an interview with People magazine, Ramos revealed his special connection to In the Heights.

“This show was the show I saw when I wanted to quit,” he said. “I remember my college was giving away tickets to this show, and it was closing and I hadn’t seen it yet. I went by myself and I sat in that seat, and it was the first time I saw a show where it was like, ‘Oh, I don’t only relate to these characters, I know them.'”

Of taking on the lead role of Usnavi, Ramos said he felt honoured to be portraying the character Miranda originated in the Broadway show.

“I felt a huge responsibility, but I also didn’t feel any pressure,” the 28-year-old added. “The fact that Lin trusted me with this role means more than you’ll ever know, bro. Ever.”

Ramos has known Miranda for years – he starred in the dual roles of John Laurens and Philip Hamilton in Miranda’s musical Hamilton, alongside the man himself in the lead role, when it first opened Off-Broadway, and remained with the musical blockbuster when it opened on the Great White Way in 2015.

Last year, he played Lady Gaga’s best friend in A Star Is Born and lead the film Monsters and Men. He appeared in Godzilla: King of the Monsters earlier this year.

The trailer for In the Heights, directed by Jon M. Chu, debuted online on Thursday. It is due to hit cinemas in June 2020.

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Marc Anthony joins film adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights

Marc Anthony is taking on a “pivotal role” in the film adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway musical In the Heights.The Hamilton creator and former star announced the big casting news via Twitter on Thursday, revealing Anthony will play the fathe…

Marc Anthony is taking on a “pivotal role” in the film adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway musical In the Heights.

The Hamilton creator and former star announced the big casting news via Twitter on Thursday, revealing Anthony will play the father of Sonny (Gregory Diaz IV) in the movie.

“Okay I actually can’t hold it in anymore,” he shared. “Sonny’s father will be played by @MarcAnthony. It’s a brief but pivotal role… And I still can’t believe it.”

Earlier in the day, Miranda teased his followers about the major addition to the flick.

“Might tell you who’s playing Sonny’s father if you do something nice for someone today,” the 39-year-old commented. “I’ll give you a hint. The character of Sonny’s father does not sing in #InTheHeightsMovie (though the actor playing him is a fine singer, and criminally underrated as an actor).”

While recognised around the world for his music, the You Sang to Me hitmaker has appeared in several films, including 2004’s Man on Fire and 1999’s Bringing Out the Dead. He was also in the original cast of musical play The Capeman, in which he portrayed a young Salvador Agron.

In addition to Anthony and Diaz, the rest of the cast includes theatre veteran Daphne Rubin-Vega, Orange Is the New Black star Dascha Polanco, Vida actress Melissa Barrera and Stephanie Beatriz.

Directed by Crazy Rich Asians filmmaker Jon M. Chu, the screen version of the beloved multi-Tony Award-winning production is set to hit theatres in summer 2020.

In the Heights, which was written by Miranda and playwright Quiara Alegria Hudes, debuted on stage in 2005. Miranda serves as one of the film’s producers.

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Rita Moreno denies In the Heights casting reports

Rita Moreno’s representatives have shot down a report suggesting she is joining Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights film.Director Jon M. Chu is currently in the pre-production phases of making a feature version of Miranda’s Tony Award-winning musical,…

Rita Moreno’s representatives have shot down a report suggesting she is joining Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In the Heights film.

Director Jon M. Chu is currently in the pre-production phases of making a feature version of Miranda’s Tony Award-winning musical, which first opened on Broadway in 2008 and tells of a bodega owner who has mixed feelings about closing his store and retiring to the Dominican Republic after inheriting his grandmother’s fortune.

On Monday (05Nov18), it was reported by editors at The Hollywood Reporter that stage and screen legend Moreno was set to take on the role of Abuela Claudia, the loving matriarch of the story, in the screen adaption.

However, a representative for Moreno has since shot down the casting report, insisting that she is not attached to the project, and while producers were interested in her for the role, no official talks commenced.

The In The Heights movie is set to be released in the U.S. in June 2020.

So far, only Anthony Ramos has been attached to appear in the flick. He will play main character Usnavi, the role originated by Miranda in the show. Previously, the 27-year-old actor took on the dual roles of John Laurens and Philip Hamilton in Miranda’s other hit musical Hamilton, and he has also made appearances in TV show Will & Grace, movie A Star Is Born and drama Monsters and Men. He is next set to appear in Godzilla: King of the Monsters alongside Vera Farmiga and Millie Bobby Brown.

Meanwhile, EGOT winner Moreno, known for her performances in musical films The King and I and West Side Story, is currently appearing in Netflix show One Day at a Time. She has also recently had guest roles in TV show Jane the Virgin, Grey’s Anatomy and Grace and Frankie.

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