A little over 24 hours ago, Warner Bros. announced some major changes to their upcoming release schedule. Matt Reeves‘ “The Batman” shifted from June 2021 to October 2021; “The Sopranos” prequel, “The Many Saints of Newark,” moved from September 2020 to March 2021; and “The Flash” and “Shazam 2” got new release dates among other updates. While Warner Bros. overhauled their calendar, the status of big titles such as “Scoob,” James Wan‘s “Malignant,” and “In the Heights” remained in limbo. Now, Warner Bros. has an update on the latter of these projects, and it’s going to be painful news for fans of the musical.
According to Deadline, the film adaptation of Lin Manuel-Miranda‘s “In the Heights” will now open on June 18, 2021. The musical was supposed to hit theaters on June 26 of this year before Warner Bros. removed it from the calendar indefinitely due to COVID-19.
The adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda and Quiara Alegría Hudes‘ four-time Tony award-winning production is directed by Jon M. Chu (“Crazy Rich Asians“). The film is also produced by Miranda, Anthony Bregman, Mara Jacobs, and Scott Sanders from a script by Marc Klein and music by Hudes. “In the Heights” stars Anthony Ramos, Stephanie Beatriz, Jimmy Smits, Corey Hawkins, Dascha Polanco, Melissa Barrera, and Marc Anthony.
The original Broadway musical takes place in the Upper Manhattan neighborhood of Washington Heights. It follows Unsavi, a bodega owner who has mixed feelings about closing his store and retiring to the Dominican Republic after inheriting his grandmother’s fortune. The story also follows a college student, a taxi driver, a beauty salon worker, and an older woman seeking a better life as gentrification and a summer power blackout bring things to a head.
According to Miranda, they were “literally recording the score when all of this started happening.” And while the team has over a year to complete the project, there’s still “a lot that remains to be done.”
Miranda took to Twitter following the initial delay to comfort fans amidst the disappointing news.
Alright, mama, okay…
Director John M. Chu also shared his thoughts:
After long conversations &sleepless nights of uncertainty, we have decided the best time to release #InTheHeightsMovie is next summer when people will feel the MOST comfortable celebrating in a movietheater TOGETHER. I know it’s much later than we wanted but… https://t.co/Vb7YFjOxJk
“In the Heights” hits theaters on June 18, 2021.