Lin-Manuel Miranda is making his directorial debut with Tick, Tick...Boom! A composer, actor and writer, this move to director was an inevitable transition for the famed Broadway star. From stage to screen, Miranda is about to show that he can do just about anything.
While film directing may be a new venture for Miranda, staged musicals are not. Miranda previously made a name for himself with the smash Broadway hit Hamilton. He would go on to win both a Tony and a Grammy for his work on the production. But his transition from stage to screen started long before today's announcement. Miranda was a heavy presence in the music that accompanied Moana in 2016. Singing and lyrically writing for the film, Miranda earned his first Academy Award nomination for "How Far I'll Go". He'll also appear in Disney's upcoming Mary Poppins Return film, showing that he is not ready to leave his acting career behind.
Reported by Deadline today, Miranda will make his directorial debut with Tick Tick... Boom! The film will be based on the 2001 off Broadway production of the same name by Jonathan Larson, the late creator of Rent. Miranda will also be producing the film alongside Ron Howard and Brian Grazer. Dear Evan Hansen's Steven Levenson will be scripting the stage to screen adaptation, keeping theater veterans a running theme behind the film's production.
Tick, Tick...Boom! was an off Broadway production from the early 1990s, theatrically telling the story of an aspiring, yet struggling, composer named Jon living in New York City. As he finds more failures than success, he begins to question whether choosing a life in performing arts was the right one. At the time, Larson had been feeling the same as the main character, struggling himself as a performing artist through the 1980s. While Larson had never stated that production was autobiographical himself, his father dubbed it so during the cast recording. Larson would later find his smash hit on Broadway with the electric bohemian hit Rent in 1996. Sadly, he would pass the morning of Rent's first previews, never seeing the fruition of his artistic endeavors.
This was an amazing subject for Miranda to choose as his directorial debut. Where Larson was the biggest musical hit of the late 1990s to early 2000s, Miranda is his equivalent with his production of Hamilton - making him the perfect fit to bring Larson's work to screen. While there has been no release date announced, Miranda will without a doubt be hard at work on this upcoming project, as well as the many others he has in the works. Releasing in December, Miranda will be playing chimney sweep Jack in the anticipated sequel Mary Poppins Returns. Miranda is also in talks to be apart of the music behind the live-action remake of Disney's The Little Mermaid. And with movie adaptations of his Broadway production In The Heights releasing in 2020 and Hamilton in development, there is plenty of Miranda to go around until Tick, Tick...Boom!'s premiere.