Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘Hamilton’ Will Stream on Disney+ Sooner Than You Expected
Earlier this year, the world was all abuzz when Disney announced that Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s Tony-award winning musical Hamilton was coming to the big screen. The musical had been beloved and revered by Broadway fans since it debuted in 2017. However, getting tickets to see the play required a great deal of money.
Therefore, when Disney announced that Hamilton would be debuting in theaters on October 15, 2021, fans who had been unable to catch the play, and those who love it were all thrilled.
Now, with Broadway closed due to the coronavirus pandemic and studios like Disney rethinking their strategy, Hamilton will actually be headed to Disney+ instead of the theaters. In fact, you will be able to sing and dance along with the original cast, much sooner than you expected.
Disney brought the rights to ‘Hamilton’ for $75 million
Miranda’s Hamilton is a hip-hop musical that tells the story of one of America’s Founding Father’s Alexander Hamilton. Back in February 2021, Deadline reported that Disney had scooped up the rights to the movie in the largest sum ever for a finished film, $75 million.
Disney wanted to provide fans with the opportunity to see the play with the original cast, avoiding a trip to New York City, Chicago, or another big city along with a hefty ticket price.
“We filmed the production with the original cast and Tommy (director Thomas Kail) has made a great movie out of it. It has been sitting in a vault,” Lin-Manuel Miranda said during an interview with IndieWire, “We’re close to finding the right time to release it.”
‘Hamilton’ will be released on Disney+ July 3, 2020
More than a year before it was slated to be released in theaters, Disney just bumped up their Hamilton release date significantly, and it’s going to a much wider audience. Hamilton will be released on Disney+ on July 3, of this year, just in time for Independence Day.
“I’m so proud of how beautifully Tommy Kail has brought ‘Hamilton’ to the screen,” Miranda said in a statement. “He’s given everyone who watches this film the best seat in the house. 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. 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.”
Fans think ‘Hamilton’ could be turned into a franchise
With Miranda’s film In the Heights pushed back until June 18, 2021, fans think the creator could be setting his sights on a Hamilton franchise. “Miranda has not aligned himself with any one studio, but the Hamilton acquisition marks Disney’s move to bring him under the same corporate umbrella as Marvel and Star Wars,” Indiewire explained. “Unlike those franchises, Miranda remains a free agent and Disney will have to continue to woo him if they want to profit off his creative sensibilities.”
Fans seem to agree. “King George III no doubt being the Thanos of the universe,” one Twitter user wrote.