According to The Hollywood Reporter, director Jon M. Chu is in talks to take charge of adapting Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical In the Heights for film. The production—which follows a Dominican-born bodega owner in Washington Heights—made it to Broadway in 2008, eventually winning four Tony awards.
Miranda has reportedly met with Chu to discuss the adaptation. The director has films like G.I. Joe: Retaliation and yesterday’s Now You See Me 2 under his belt, but he’s also known for fare more similar to the project at hand. He’s helmed Step Up 2: The Streets and Step Up 3D, and executive produced the next two installments in the dance franchise. On a more musical note, Chu was behind 2014′s Jem and the Holograms and directed both of Justin Bieber’s concert films.
A film adaptation of Heights has been in the works since 2008, initially being directed by Kenny Ortega with filming to begin in 2011. Universal put an end to the project, but hot on the heels of Miranda’s stunning success with Hamilton, the musical and lyrical genius has teamed up with The Weinstein Company to get a new flick off the ground. It is currently unknown as to whether Miranda will star as Usnavi (the main character in the production) as he did in the musical originally, or if the part will be recast with a younger actor.