Universal Pictures, the studio behind "Mamma Mia!," is tuning up another stage musical transformation by acquiring the rights to turn the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical "In the Heights" into a feature.
Lin-Manuel Miranda, who created the musical, wrote the lyrics and music and has played the starring role through its Off Broadway and Broadway runs, is expected to reprise his role in the film. Quiara Alegria Hudes, who wrote the book for the show, will pen the screen adaptation.
"In the Heights" takes place over three days in the upper Manhattan neighborhood of Washington Heights, where a bodega owner (Manuel) inherits his late grandmother's lottery winnings and plans to shutter his store and retire on a beach in the Dominican Republic. Trying to say farewell to the characters who live on the block, he realizes that his neighbors are his real family, and he's torn about leaving.
"In the Heights" launched Off Broadway in early 2007 and moved to Broadway, where it won four Tonys, including musical.