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Sony Animation and Netflix share a first look at Vivo, the animated feature with songs by Lin-Manuel Miranda, who also voices the leading character.
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The animated movie Vivo, produced by Sony Animation with new music from Lin-Manuel Miranda, moves to Netflix but at the moment it’s unclear when it will debut on the streaming service. In addition to write the songs for the movie, Miranda will also lend his voice to the title character. The rest of the talented cast includes: Ynairaly Simo, Zoe Saldana, Juan de Marcos, Brian Tyree Henry, Gloria Estefan, Nicole Byer, Michael Rooker, Leslie David Baker, Katie Lowes, Olivia Trujillo and Lidya Jewett
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DEADLINE: Netflix has licensed all global rights, sans China, to Sony Pictures Animation’s Vivo. The movie, directed by Oscar nominee Kirk DeMicco (The Croods) and co-directed by Brandon Jeffords (Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2) with new songs written and performed by Tony-winning Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, was recently scheduled for a theatrical release on June 4. The new drop date on Netflix is still to be determined.
I understand this is a similar deal to Netflix’s pickup of Sony’s Kevin Hart movie Fatherhood whereby Netflix gets the first window, which is streaming, and Sony will retain home entertainment and linear TV rights to all other territories, including China theatrical, after the pic’s exclusive run on the streamer.
Note the recent licensing of Sony’s Vivo by Netflix is outside the streamer’s new multi-year $1 billion deal with the Culver City studio. That deal commences in 2022, as previously reported, and provides an exclusive window for Sony’s theatrical titles to Netflix. In addition, the streamer has a first-look deal for any direct-to-streaming titles Sony is contemplating.
Vivo follows a one-of-kind kinkajou (aka a rainforest “honey bear”), voiced by Miranda, who spends his days playing music to the crowds in a lively Havana square with his beloved owner Andrés (Buena Vista Social Club’s Juan de Marcos González). Though they may not speak the same language, Vivo and Andrés are the perfect duo through their common love of music. But when tragedy strikes shortly after Andrés receives a letter from the famous Marta Sandoval (Grammy-winner Gloria Estefan), inviting her old partner to her farewell concert in Miami with the hope of reconnecting, it’s up to Vivo to deliver a message that Andrés never could: A love letter to Marta, written long ago, in the form of a song. Yet in order to get to the distant shores of Miami, Vivo will need to accept the help of Gabi (newcomer Ynairaly Simo) – an energetic tween who bounces to the beat of her own offbeat drum.
Vivo is written by DeMicco and Pulitzer Prize winner Quiara Alegría Hudes, who wrote the book for Miranda’s Tony-winning Broadway musical In the Heights.
Producers of Vivo are Lisa Stewart (Turbo), Michelle Wong (Surf’s Up 2) and Oscar winner Rich Moore (Zootopia, Wreck-It Ralph). Miranda serves as EP alongside Golden Globe winner Laurence Mark (Dreamgirls) and Louis Koo Tin Lok (The Mitchells vs. the Machines). Vivo‘s composer and executive music producer is Tony and Grammy winner Alex Lacamoire (The Greatest Showman), who has teamed with Miranda on various projects since their initial partnership on Broadway’s In the Heights. Oscar-winning cinematographer Roger Deakins served as visual consultant.
Said Miranda, “Bringing Vivo to life has been an incredible artistic journey. I couldn’t ask for better creative partners than Kirk, Quiara, Alex and the entire team at Sony Animation. I’m so excited Vivo will have a home at Netflix, where kids of all ages will be able to enjoy the film’s songs and adventures again and again.”
Miranda dropped a new trailer last night during the Oscars to his upcoming Warner Bros./HBO Max June 11 title In the Heights, which is the feature adaptation of his Tony-award winning Broadway musical.
DeMicco added, “Inspired by the words and music of Lin-Manuel, Quiara and Alex, hundreds of artists at Sony Pictures Animation worked through uncharted and difficult times, bringing passion and beauty to every frame of the film. And as a musical, Vivo is a love letter to Latin music and this movie couldn’t exist without the heartfelt work of our vocal talent, including Gloria Estefan, Juan de Marcos, Zoe Saldana, Brian Tyree Henry, Ynairaly Simo and many others. I speak for everyone who helped make Vivo when I say we couldn’t be happier that our film can soon be enjoyed safely by millions of families on Netflix.”
“We are thrilled to once again be working with our friends at Netflix to ensure that Vivo, a film that we love so much, can be released and enjoyed by millions around the globe in the near future. We congratulate the incredible team behind Vivo, a movie about family, friendship, new beginnings, and the power of song. We can’t wait to share this unforgettable musical journey,” said Sony Pictures Animation President Kristine Belson.
“Vivo is full of comedy and heart. We’re excited to introduce families to the incredible cast of characters led by Lin-Manuel Miranda, who lends his voice to a lead animated feature role for the first time. This also allows us to continue our partnership with the incredible artists at Sony Pictures Animation and bring a story that celebrates the universal language of music to families around the world,” said Netflix VP Original Animation Melissa Cobb.
Vivo also features the voices of Zoe Saldana (Guardians of the Galaxy) as Gabi’s mother, Rosa; Michael Rooker as a villainous Everglades python, Lutador; Brian Tyree Henry and Nicole Byer as a pair of star-crossed spoonbills; Leslie David Baker as a Florida bus driver; and Katie Lowes, Olivia Trujillo and Lidya Jewett as a trio of well-meaning but overzealous scout troopers.
Vivo‘s departure leaves Universal/DreamWorks Animation’s sequel Spirit Untamed and New Line/HBO Max’s Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It as the only wide releases that June 4 frame. Those two movies follow in the wake of the Memorial Day weekend release of Disney’s Cruella and Paramount’s A Quiet Place Part II.
Vivo joins Netflix’s growing slate of animated films and acquisitions such as Spongebob: Sponge on the Run (excluding North America); as well as this year’s The Mitchells vs. the Machines and Wish Dragon, both from Sony Pictures Animation. They complement Netflix’s original slate of animated features that includes Oscar-nominated Klaus, Kris Pearn’s The Willoughbys, Glen Keane’s Oscar-nominated Over the Moon, Back to the Outback directed by Clare Knight and Harry Cripps, Richard Linklater’s Apollo 10½: A Space Age Adventure, Chris Williams’ The Sea Beast, Henry Selick’s Wendell & Wild, Nora Twomey’s My Father’s Dragon, Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, Wendy Rogers’ The Magician’s Elephant and an Aardman sequel to Chicken Run.
The movie adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s musical In The Heights will headline opening night at the Tribeca Film Festival on June 9. It will be shown at the United Palace theater in Washington Heights and will be screened in all five boroughs at multiple outdoor venues.
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The 20th edition of the Tribeca Film Festival, taking advantage of its timing as the city and film business emerges from the pandemic, will open June 9 with the world premiere of In the Heights.
Warner Bros’ adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Award-winning musical, which is directed by Jon Chu, will screen outside at various sites simultaneously, and indoors at the United Palace. The restored 1930 theater is in the Upper Manhattan neighborhood of Washington Heights, the setting for the film and also Miranda’s longtime home base.
There will also be outdoor screenings on opening night across all five of New York’s boroughs, a first for Tribeca, though the fest has long explored many parts of the city. In 2019, the fest opened with a documentary about Harlem’s Apollo Theater held at the Apollo itself. After shifting its usual April start back to June, the fest will be the first major one in North America since the onset of Covid-19 to have in-person screenings, though smaller regional events have returned to form.
Just two days after kicking off Tribeca, In the Heights will premiere theatrically across the U.S. as it also begins streaming on HBO Max. Each of the 2021 Warner Bros films ticketed for day-and-date release will stay on HBO Max for 31 days.
New York City movie theaters started to reopen in the first week of March with a 25% capacity limit imposed by state authorities. While commercial exhibitors are hoping that limit will be raised soon, even 25% should be workable in the United Palace, which seats more than 3,000.
“It is such an honor to open the 20th anniversary Tribeca Film Festival with In the Heights,” Miranda said in the official announcement. “We’re so excited to welcome them uptown! This will be an unforgettable night at the United Palace. We can’t wait to share this musical love letter to our community, with our community, in our community.”
The choice of venue was a natural one for a host of reasons. Warner Bros and The Miranda Family Fund have both been supporters of a repertory series of screenings of the studio’s classics at the United Palace, which was originally one of five Loew’s “Wonder Theatres” in the New York area.
Tribeca will soon announce the full slate for its 20th edition, which will run from June 9 to 20. The festival is the culmination of NY PopsUp, the statewide revitalization initiative to bring back live entertainment and the arts to the community.
“In the Heights is the quintessential New York story of hard-work, resilience, and triumph,” said Jane Rosenthal, the festival’s co-founder and CEO of its parent, Tribeca Enterprises. “We are proud to feature this film as Opening Night where it can debut in its hometown in celebration of its New York roots and the Latinx community.”
Paula Weinstein, chief content officer of Tribeca Enterprises, called the opening night “a gift to communities all over New York City.”
Quiara Alegría Hudes adapted the screenplay for In The Heights, with original songs and lyrics by Miranda. The cast includes Anthony Ramos, Corey Hawkins, Leslie Grace, Melissa Barrera, Olga Merediz, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Gregory Diaz IV, Stephanie Beatriz, Dascha Polanco, and Jimmy Smits. Miranda, Hudes, Scott Sanders, Anthony Bregman, and Mara Jacobs produce.
Plans are still being finalized for Tribeca’s lineup across film, video games, virtual reality, podcasts and other verticals. For its film program, the festival has affirmed it will have outdoor screenings throughout its 12 days at multiple sites. Specially equipped 40-foot screens are being used, which organizers say are the first mobile HD screens in the country.
“We are thrilled to be partnering with Tribeca for a city-wide takeover of In the Heights,” Chu said. “New York, and specifically Washington Heights, is the lead character in our film—its vibrancy and energy are unmatched. How incredible that after a year of isolation, New Yorkers from across all boroughs will have an opportunity to see it first, together, and join us in the celebration of life coming back.”
Feature: ‘In the Heights’ Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jon M. Chu on the Hard Fight to Turn the Groundbreaking Musical Into a Movie
Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jon M. Chu are VARIETY coverstars and the long coverstory includes a lot of voices from In The Heights.
When Lin-Manuel Miranda was pitching his musical In the Heights nearly two decades ago, Broadway heavyweights stumbled over what he was selling. They wanted the young female protagonist Nina, who drops out of Stanford, to have a more dramatic reason for leaving school than the pressures of being the first in her family to go to college.
“I would get pitches from producers who only had ‘West Side Story’ in their cultural memory,” Miranda recalls. “Like, ‘Why isn’t she pregnant? Why isn’t she in a gang? Why isn’t she coming out of an abusive relationship at Stanford?’ Those are all actual things I was pitched.” He pauses for a moment, not to entertain those queries but to consider their absurdity. “Because the pressure of leaving your neighborhood to go to school is fucking enough. I promise. And if it’s not dramatic enough, that’s on us to show you the fucking stakes.”
Miranda stood his ground. The show that he wanted to create emerged from his memories of growing up in New York’s Washington Heights neighborhood and from the painful realization that Broadway roles for Latinos were limited. So he used hip-hop and salsa to pay homage to a close-knit community of immigrants and strivers, bodegas and block parties, friends who feel like family and families that deal with the tensions of trying to make it in the greatest city in the world. In the Heights would eventually open on Broadway in 2008, winning four Tonys and launching Miranda’s career.
Now, that musical is becoming a major summer film directed by Jon M. Chu. The Warner Bros. movie is finally coming out, both in theaters and on the streaming service HBO Max, on June 11. Even after a year’s delay due to the pandemic, the timing couldn’t be better.
And that’s not just because Miranda no longer has to fight to reflect the experiences that have since resonated with countless college students who have felt like Nina. “Because of the specificity of that struggle, I can’t tell you how many people have made it their business to tell me how much it means to them,” Miranda says.
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