- 'Hamilton' creator Lin-Manuel Miranda drops F-word from musical streaming on Disney+ and will write new Disney animated musical set in Colombia.
“I literally gave two f—s so the kids could see I,” wrote Lin-Manuel Miranda in a series of tweets on censoring the F-word from the anticipated feature film of the Original Broadway Production Hamilton upon its release on Disney+ due to MPAA strict rules that would otherwise cause for the musical to be rated R. Miranda opted to drop the two instances the profane word is used in order to allow children to enjoy the film.
“I’m so grateful to Disney and Disney+ for reimagining and moving up our release to July 4th weekend of this year, in light of the world turning upside down,” said Miranda. “I’m so grateful to all the fans who asked for this, and I’m so glad that we’re able to make it happen. I’m so proud of this show. I can’t wait for you to see it.”
Hamilton will exclusively stream on Disney+ on July 3. The film combines the best elements of live theater, film, and streaming to transport audiences to a cinematic stage performance that is a wholly new way to experience Hamilton directly from The Richard Rodgers and featuring the original cast led by Miranda as Alexander Hamilton.
“No other artistic work in the last decade has had the cultural impact of ‘Hamilton’—an inspiring and captivating tale told and performed in a powerfully creative way. In light of the extraordinary challenges facing our world, this story about leadership, tenacity, hope, love and the power of people to unite against the forces of adversity is both relevant and impactful,” said Robert A. Iger, Executive Chairman of The Walt Disney Company. “We are thrilled to bring this phenomenon to Disney+ on the eve of Independence Day, and we have the brilliant Lin-Manuel Miranda and the team behind Hamilton to thank for allowing us to do so more than a year before planned.”
After sharing details on the awaited film premiere of the Broadway hit, Miranda offered intriguing news of a new project in the works with Disney Animation.
“I’m actually writing a new animated musical with Disney Animation,” he told Good Morning America’s co-hosts on Monday. “I’m collaborating with the Zootopia guys and Jared Bush, who wrote Moana with me. It’s set in Colombia, in Latin America and that’s all I can say before [Disney chairman] Bob Iger just shows up in my home.”
Based on reports made earlier last year, the Hamilton and In the Heights creator was set to co-write a new animated musical that features a young Latina heroine amid the lack of diversity in the animated genre in Hollywood.
“He is talking to Disney about a sequel to ‘Moana,’ but the movie would be about a Latina princess,” Miranda’s father, Luis, told Page Six.
At the vanguard of diversity, Miranda created music and lyrics for In the Heights musical that largely revolves around a Dominican-American neighborhood of Washington Heights in New York City. Miranda also penned the Academy Award-winning Best Original Song “How Far I’ll Go” among others for Disney’s animated musical film Moana, which depicts the story of a daring and strong-willed daughter of a chief of a Polynesian village.
Miranda also created the award-winning hit musical Hamilton, a story about the American Founding Father Hamilton portrayed by racially diverse talent of young black, Latino, Asian and mixed-race actors.
“We never imagined casting the show in any other way – never for one second,” Hamilton Director, Thomas Kail said. “We are very conscious of what we are doing here. This is not colour-blind casting. It felt essential.”
The new animated musical will continue Miranda’s streak for representation and pursuit to a more diverse Hollywood with the new Disney Animation works set in Colombia.