Warner Bros has indefinitely pulled In the Heights, among other summer releases, due to the coronavirus outbreak. Miranda released a statement on Twitter, saying “We had the best summer of our lives filming ‘In the Heights’ movie last year. We couldn’t wait to share it with you. But we’re going to have to wait a little longer. When we can safely gather again, flags in hand, we will be there, enjoying this movie in theaters.”
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— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) 24 marzo 2020
DEADLINE: Warner Bros is pushing its forthcoming summer theatrical releases until the coronavirus crisis calms down and exhibition makes a full-steam comeback.
Despite reports that Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman 1984 was headed to streaming, the movie is in fact still going theatrical, and that was always the plan. Wonder Woman 1984 is now moving from its June 5 release to August 14. […]
With the move, New Line/Atomic Monster/Starlight Culture Entertainment Group’s James Wan horror movie Malignant will now shift off its August 14 release to an undated position. The same goes for Jon M. Chu’s feature adaptation of Broadway musical In the Heights, coming off its June 26 release to a TBD date, as well as animated feature Scoob! which is no longer going May 15 and also awaits a future release.
Meanwhile, Christopher Nolan’s Tenet will stay firm on July 17 in anticipation the global theatrical marketplace will be well by then.
Lin-Manuel Miranda, the star, producer and author of the Tony-winning In the Heights, recently spoke with talk series host Rosie O’Donnell saying: “We were literally recording the score when all of this started happening. There’s a lot that remains to be done on that movie. We were finishing the score and the mixing and just getting the music exactly right.”
Director Jon M. Chu talked to The Insider explaining the whole process, how they had to put the work on the movie on hold because of the coronavirus outbreak in New York and California, and repeats that the studio and producers want to bringing the movie on the big screen.
“We want people to have the movie theater experience,” Chu told Insider. “And with it being a musical, if you look back at history, that kind of movie has always brought people together at the worst times to celebrate life. And now we need that even more so.” […]
Chu said there was never a discussion to put the movie online before a theatrical run.
“I actually called the studio to make sure, because I had read stuff online,” Chu said. “And they said, ‘You have our word. We know what this movie is.'”
Chu said that he and Miranda, who along with doing the music and having a producing credit also stars in the movie, have been in constant contact throughout.
“When I talk to Lin the most important thing to him is releasing it the right way,” Chu said.