This weekend, the Hamilton movie hit Disney+ in the form of a recording of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s performance on Broadway back in 2016. But like so many stage musicals over the years, surely a proper cinematic version, a movie adaptation, of Hamilton will one day happen? Miranda has been been asked in a couple of recent interviews and the star has been remarkably coy, but he did admit that movies of stage musicals need to be their own thing.
Speaking with Radio 1’s Screen Time podcast, Miranda said: “It just feels like we hacked the system because instead of an active translation, which is what old movie adaptions are, you’re actually getting the thing we spent six years working on.
“And you’re getting a fine film of it. So I don’t know what it does for the future of performances.
“I know that when those acts of translation happen and they work they’re amazing.
“I’m incredibly proud of John Chu’s adaptation of [Miranda’s other stage musical] In The Heights, which you’ll hopefully see next summer.”
While Tommy said he didn’t know what a Hamilton movie adaptation would look like either.
The director said: “But my sense is that — and Lin might have struck on the key to it for me — when you are making an adaptation of a musical that is a movie, it shouldn’t necessarily try to be the stage play. It needs to be free from that, because you’ll fail.
“That’s something I’m going to be tasked with when I’m being asked to make a movie of Fiddler on the Roof, because Fiddler on the Roof already exists as a fantastic movie.
“I’m going to make something that lives alongside that, just like it lives alongside a high school production, a college production, and the original Broadway production, and all of the revivals of it.”