Jon M Chu In Talks To Direct In The Heights Film

Credit: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP
Credit: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP

With the news of a film adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s first Broadway smash In The Heights, fans are already excited to see it on the big screen.

The question now, however, is who will bring Miranda’s musical to life on said big screen?

Well wonder no more! Maybe.

Jon M. Chu has entered talks to direct the adaptation of the musical, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The director has a lot of experience directing music focused films. He’s directed most of the Step Up sequels and the Justin Bieber concert film, Justin Bieber: Never Say Never. Chu has also directed the biggest flop of 2015, Jem and the Holograms.

His latest directorial project, Now You See Me 2, has just hit theatres.

So am I excited about this prospect?

Uh. Not really.

I’m sure that Chu has just had a really, really bad run. Most of the films he is attached to direct just don’t do very well. And I love In The Heights and want the film to do well.

Maybe this film is the one that Chu can do some good on. But I’m just fairly cautious.

Of course, he’s merely in talks to the direct the film. It could fall apart or someone else could direct or a number of things really.

The director, however, is only as good as the script he has been given. With the adaptation being written by the musical’s original book writer, Quiara Alegría Hudes, I feel a bit better about it.

No talks on whether or not Miranda will return with the original cast for the film adaptation. Only time will tell.

Bec Heim

Senior Editor at 4YE
Rebecca "Bec" Heim is the Senior Editor for 4YE. She has a BA in English Literature from the University of Scranton. She also has an MA in Film-Radio-Television from Syracuse University and an MFA in Screenwriting from Boston University. She enjoys reading through her ever growing mountain of books, talking way too much about superheroes, and trying to reach transcendental state.
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