Tony Award Winner Lin-Manuel Miranda is heading to Netflix to direct Imagine Entertainment’s film adaptation of “Tick, Tick…Boom!” The story is a bit of a pet project for the Tony, Grammy, Emmy and Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, who also starred in a production of the story.
Tony Award Winner Steven Levenson (Dear Evan Hansen, Fosse/Verdon) will adapt the screenplay, which is based on the original stage show by the late Rent creator Jonathan Larson. Rent went on to win the Tony Award for Best Musical in 1996 and the production was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1996. Miranda’s Hamilton production also won the Pulitzer, an honor that only nine musicals have won.
Larson tragically died the night before his show’s first preview performance Off-Broadway. Rent ultimately spent twelve years on Broadway, making it the 11th longest running show in Broadway history.
Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Julie Oh, and Lin-Manuel Miranda serve as producers on the project, with Julie Larson and Steven Levenson serving as execitive producers.
Set in 1990, “Tick, Tick…Boom!” tells the story of Jon, an aspiring theater composer who is waiting tables in New York City while writing Superbia. Jon is also feeling pressure from his girlfriend Susan, who is tired of continuing to put her life on hold for Jon’s career aspirations. Meanwhile, his best friend and roommate Michael, has given up on his creative aspirations for a high paying advertising job on Madison Avenue and is about to move out. As Jon approaches his 30th birthday, he is overcome with anxiety – wondering if his dream is worth the cost.
Netflix stopped short of announcing a premiere date at this time, and fans will have to wait a little longer to get any casting information. For now, we can put “Tick, Tick…Boom” on the back-burner, and wait for Netflix to start dropping a few teaser trailers.
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