Amid reports of a screenplay sell-out, Hollywood and the world’s acclaimed pop hero comes to film school at Ohio University
It’s been three months since Lin-Manuel Miranda and Broadway’s Hamilton spectacular performed to sold-out crowds a veritable juggernaut of a Broadway hit which lives to be reviewed and analysed. And then he directed his own movie, offering a wildly varied package of blues and rap, hip-hop and jazz. So what do you do now that everybody wants a piece of Miranda? Sign a lucrative script deal? Sell out the London theater he helmed, and then see if he can turn them into a smash?
Florida film-maker Johnny Evans does one better, taking the 37-year-old musical theatre visionary as a film inspiration. One of the US’s most celebrated screenwriters, Dev Reddy, has just brought out a new romcom under the title of Tick, Tick… Boom!, inspired by one of Miranda’s original works.
Signed by “acquaintance/student, Justin”, the script purports to “pay tribute to the ingenious charting of the cycle of life and love in the layered rhyming style of Lin-Manuel Miranda, author of Hamilton and Forbidden Broadway”.
Even before the movie is completed, the internet has flown into orbit. John Stamos, Jimmy Kimmel, Amy Schumer, Busy Philipps, Jimmy Fallon, Troye Sivan, Chloe Moretz, Miley Cyrus, Jared Leto, James Corden, Lena Dunham, Jason Alexander, Lauren Conrad, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Lin-Manuel Miranda himself, and the co-creators of the Flight of the Conchords have all dived in. Swifties, the devoted fans of Taylor Swift’s music (wiping out from every attack of nostalgia via the 20 million-selling Reputation last year) might have something to say about Tick, Tick, Boom!’s upbeat attitude towards relationships, which might be a notch or two shy of “panache”.
In the meantime, despite the news that his film career is about to come into a whole new stratosphere, Miranda is staying true to the informality of Broadway. The autograph left for Houston history student Will Yje in the elevator at his favourite cabaret is a simple note which begins: “Hey sailor. Congratulations on your first meal in The King’s Head.”