Lin-Manuel Is Working With Disney Yet Again
Alexander Hamilton wasn't around to bask in the glory of all things Disney, but the man who penned the eponymous hip-hop play about him on Broadway is. Since leaving the on-stage phenomenon back in July, Lin-Manuel Miranda has continued to create things with one big-name company in particular. In an exclusive interview with Vulture, Miranda revealed that he's working on another Disney project. If you're counting, that's the third one announced this year. (Though to be fair, Miranda started working on Moana pre-Hamilton.) Like most people in the world — since Hamilton hit it big, that is — Disney is all about Miranda right now.
Miranda has quickly become the studio's go-to musical genius. Before Hamilton he started writing some tracks for the animated film, Moana. He's set to star in the Mary Poppins sequel alongside Emily Blunt (though it hasn't been officially confirmed if he's contributing any music). He is, however, definitely writing music for — and co-producing — the upcoming live-action The Little Mermaid starring Chloë Grace Moretz. Oh, and before all of that, Miranda wrote the cantina music for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
On another note, does Miranda ever sleep? How does he find the time?
It should come as no surprise to anyone paying attention to the man's work that Miranda and Zootopia co-director, Byron Howard, are collaborating on a new Disney animated film. Miranda opened up to Vulture about what it's like working with the people at Disney. He said, "That's the fun thing about working with someone and having it go well — you go, 'OK, what else can we do?'" He explained that Disney chief creative officer John Lasseter introduced him to Howard. "Lasseter took me aside and said, 'I have an idea: Here's Byron, and you guys should start talking.'"
That's about all he could divulge regarding the project, other than its premiere date being pretty far away, considering that the two "haven't gotten in the room yet," and are only just "plotting." Sounds slightly nefarious, and therefore, wholly exciting.
As for what type of story that "plotting" will entail, who knows. There's definitely a running theme present in Miranda's Disney work: female-driven stories. Two out of three have something to do with the ocean. Will he continue down that path or go with something else entirely? Maybe he'll do something about history — with a twist? A hip-hop musical about the life of an American founding father and the American revolution. Now, I don't think anyone's every done that before. That would be perfect.