Lin-Manuel Miranda is Making Movies
The 'Hamilton' creator will be directing his first feature film, 'Tick, Tick... Boom,' for his debut.
Musicals are taking over the big screen again with a new hit released every year. The Greatest Showman starred many iconic Hollywood figures, such as Zac Efron, Hugh Jackman, and Zendaya, and gave the audience a surreal experience through its catchy tunes and vibrant visuals. Ever since La La Land, these films have gone through a revival that not only improves the film industry’s creativity, but the musical theatre as well.
On July 20th, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again launches the ABBA fanbase on yet another star power adventure. The film is a sequel to the successful 2008 film adaptation. It’s cast is going to consist of familiar faces, such as Meryl Streep and Amanda Seyfried, but will add to its spark with the talents of Cher and Lily James.
Politically this movie is already going to be a hit because it centers around the lives of multiple strong, independent and talented women. Although it took ten years for this sequel to happen, there is no better time for its release. Hollywood is desperately trying to clean itself up as more and more women reveal the disgusting and unjust treatment that they have faced during their careers. Movies like Ocean’s 8 are combatting the sexual stigma in hopes that both prejudiced roles and on-set treatment improves.
Female-driven films are more than just for enjoyment. They’re allegorical and meant to empower women to tell them: we are in this together, and together we are unstoppable. It’s important to see more of these emblematic figures support their fight for justice in meaningful productions like Mamma Mia! and Ocean’s 8.
The fact that there are people who oppose feminism is barbarically confusing. The progression for equal rights doesn’t aim to destroy men for crying out loud, but it’s for everyone to have the same rights and be treated the same. It goes both ways.
The #MeToo movement has had its ups and downs, but in the end, its goal is right and admirable. Hollywood executives must put an end to their disrespectful behavior, and display professionalism at all times (not only when there is a camera recording). Until sexual harassment in the workplace stops and power-hungry men are given more than a slap on the wrist, the progress will be slow. Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again will come in strong and deliver an important message in its precedented entertaining fashion.
Musically, it’s going to be amazing because well… come on. Just wait for Cher’s cover of “Fernando” to play, it’s going to be breathtaking on the big screen.
Theatre continues to thrive with the continuous rise of Lin-Manuel Miranda. Not only has he already created one of the most successful contemporary Broadway musicals of the decade, but his creativity develops to no end. Last year, he assisted Disney with Moana, and now he’s taking the reigns and directing his own feature film.
Tick, Tick… Boom is the autobiographical story of Rent playwright Jonathan Larson on his quest to become a writer. Miranda became infatuated with the existential story because Larson’s Rent is one of his primary inspirations for writing. The musical is modern and depicts a side of theatre that diverges from escapism. It stays true to life and portrays events that happen to everyone.
“Jonathan Larson’s captivating storytelling in ‘Rent’ first taught me that musicals could be contemporary, true to life, and depict your own experiences.” – Lin-Manuel Miranda
If you haven’t seen it or heard the soundtrack, you’re definitely missing out. “Seasons of Love” is a topnotch song, just saying.
Anyway, this film is already on the road to success. It thrives off talented producers like Julie Oh, Ron Howard, and Brian Grazer. Not to forget that Miranda has an artistic take on musicals that give every piece a unique feeling that enthralls viewers. Miranda’s film success doesn’t stop there. Another one of his plays, In the Heights, is about to be made into a film as well. After being optioned to multiple film studios all over the country, Warner Bros. was able to outbid its competition and get the rights.
Will the film beat the Broadway show? Probably not. In fact, it’s so difficult for an adaptation of a musical to be better than the participatory experience of watching its play. It’s unjust to both art mediums to compare them.
Unlike many successful artists who reach a peak, it seems Miranda is climbing Mount Everest with each step being a major triumph. There’s no way of stopping his innovative persona and momentum. All we can do is just succumb to the enchantment of his creations.
Check out more on Miranda’s growth and success here!