Disney Bringing Hit Musical ‘Hamilton’ to the Big Screen
On October 15th, 2020, the world-renowned musical ‘Hamilton’ is set to hit cinemas worldwide, courtesy of Disney. Bob Iger, Disney’s CEO, had nothing but good things to say, showering the show’s creator with praise. “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,” he said, truly echoing the sentiments of the millions of fans the show has won over since its inception.
He spoke on the memorability of the original show and the excitement at the chance to bring that to the cinema. “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.”
This deal with Disney came up to a whopping, record-breaking $75 million. The film was shot in 2016 and will span 160 minutes. It was shot with the original cast, two weeks before they left the show. The Pulitzer Prize-winning stage musical (its film version rather) is being described as a ‘cinematic stage performance’ – bringing together the most endearing elements of live theatre and film. To allow multiple angles, it was shot during three live performances.
Lin-Manuel Miranda broke the news via twitter, with Deadline claiming via its sources that the 75 million dollar acquisition was indeed a new record. Once it is shown in theatres, it will then join the catalog found on Disney’s streaming service, Disney+. Miranda praised the film’s director Tommy Kail and what he has been able to do with it. “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,” Miranda said.
He also spoke of his excitement on getting to work with Disney. “We’re excited to partner with Disney to bring the original Broadway company of Hamilton to the largest audience possible.”
Hamilton depicts the story of Alexander Hamilton, an American founding father, with music from R&B, Hip-hop and soul genres. In the same 2016, it won 11 Tony awards and a Pulitzer for drama. Toronto and Hamburg are set to join the list of cities the show has been in during Hamilton tour, a list including cities worldwide. Set your calendars to October 15, 2021!