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Disney snaps up rights to Hamilton movie

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Disney has snapped up the rights to a movie adaptation of the hit musical Hamilton.

With book, music, and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton is the story of America then, told by America now. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B, and Broadway, the show has taken the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and created a phenomenon that has impacted culture, politics, and education. Based on Ron Chernow’s biography. It has won Tony, Grammy and Olivier Awards, as well as the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. And now, it’s got the Disney seal of approval.

Deadline reports that the House of Mouse paid a whopping $75 million for the worldwide rights to the show, committing to a wide global theatrical release for the film. Shot two weeks before the original cast left the Broadway production, it runs for 2 hours and 40 minutes and, with its zeitgeist appeal, promises to be a big draw for audiences unable to get to the theatre to see it.

Crucially, after its theatrical run, it will be released on Disney+, which will become a major title for the fledgling streaming platform, as it looks to rival Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and more. Compared to the hundreds of pounds and dollars that some tickets for the show fetch, Disney will be banking on the fact that a fiver for a monthly subscription to Disney+ to watch it will prove hard to resist for many viewers.

The film, which is directed by the original production’s helmer Tommy Kail, was shot over three live performances, with some additional shots without an audience, allowing for multiple angles to cut between.

The deal was announced by Lin-Manuela Miranda on Twitter this week.

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