‘Hamilton’ Movie: Record-Setting $75MM Disney Acquisition

Lin-Manuel Miranda’s award-winning play, “Hamilton,” has been adapted into a feature film, and Disney acquired worldwide rights to that film for a reported $75 million, a record-setting sum for acquisition of a completed film.

For a PG-13 rating, the film was required to remove some profanity. The Hamilton film was set for a debut on Disney+ on July 3, Lin-Manuel Miranda confirmed.

During the Democratic National Convention, Miranda joined other Latino luminaries including Eva Longoria, Chef Jose Andreas, Zoe Saldana, America Ferrara and Jennifer Lopez to represent the power in the Latinx community’s vote, and to stress the importance of voting in the 2020 election.

The Emmy, Grammy, Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright talked about inclusion in the context of history. “Our founders referred to making ‘a more perfect union’ — I interpret that as understanding that it was not perfect when it was founded, and we would always be striving to make it better,” Miranda said.

Miranda’s play has garnered 11 Tony Awards in 2016, and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Director Tommy Kail directed both the stage version and the movie. The film was shot during three live performances, with additional shooting without an audience. The footage, which covers multiple angles, was combined for a cinematic effect.

References: People.com / NYDailyNews.com / NALIP.com/beyondtheheadlines Photo: Lin-Manuel Miranda as Alexander Hamilton in “Hamilton,” at the Richard Rodgers Theater in New York, July 11, 2015. © The New York Times

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