Lin-Manuel Miranda Plans ‘Scrappy’ In the Heights Movie

first_img from $149.00 Lin-Manuel Miranda Hamilton View Comments Star Files Hamilton creator and headliner Lin-Manuel Miranda has taken Broadway by storm as the hip-hop tuner generates buzz well beyond the Great White Way. In addition to discussing Hamilton’s significance during the upcoming presidential election with The Hollywood Reporter, the Tony winner talked about another highly anticipated project: In the Heights on the big screen.“Now we’re aiming for a scrappy $15 million movie,” Miranda said, adding the new scaled-back approach “is more in keeping with the spirit of the show.” The Broadway multi-tasker also said there is a new screenplay.Miranda credits the turnaround to Universal Pictures’ concern that there was no major Latino star attached to the film. “That’s Hollywood being scared,” explained Miranda, “and that’s everyone there having to answer to somebody else. And one of the things I learned was, the less money that’s involved, the more power you have.”Plans for a film adaptation of In the Heights were first announced when Universal acquired the rights in 2008—the same year the musical opened on Broadway and won five Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Score. “At that point,” said Miranda, “the picture was budgeted at around $37 million.” Kenny Ortega, the man behind such movie musicals as Newsies and High School Musical, was set to direct.And as for Hamilton on the big screen? “That conversation’s a ways off,” Miranda said. “It’s not happening anytime soon.” Until then, you can catch the rapping Founding Father on stage at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Related Showslast_img read more

Ambode Inaugurates Boards of Lagos Sports Trust Fund, Commission

first_imgLagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode on Monday identified the importance of collaboration of key stakeholders to achieve the desired goal for sports administration and development in the country, saying funding of sports should not be the exclusive preserve of government.Speaking at Lagos House in Alausa, Ikeja when he inaugurated the new boards of the Lagos State Sports Commission and the Lagos State Sports Trust Fund, Governor Ambode emphasised the need for the private sector to partner with the government to invest in sports development especially in training talents that abound in the country, as well as putting necessary infrastructures in place.He said: “I want to reiterate our commitment to the sports sector and the need for collaboration between the government and all sports stakeholders in the State. “In achieving our vision in sports, it is our belief that the funding of sports should not be the responsibility of government alone. This informed the establishment of the Sports Trust Fund whose mandate is primarily to interface with the private and public sectors to raise funds for sports development.“Funds raised through the Sports Trust Fund would be utilized for various aspects of sports development on the recommendation and advice of the Sports Commission.”On the other hand, the State Sports Commission is charged with the responsibility of upgrading and maintaining various sports facilities, developing strategic plans for sports development in the State, identifying and creating new locations for development of community sports facilities, overseeing the activities of all the sports associations in the State, grassroot sports development as well as capacity building for sports administrators, sports officers, coaches and athletes.Speaking further, the Governor said the inauguration of the new boards of both agencies was part of the grand plan of positioning Lagos as one of the top sports destinations in Africa, saying that the vision of his administration remained to make the state as the hub for sports, tourism and entertainment and leveraging on the interconnectivity within the three sectors.While the Trust Fund is chaired by a former Lagos State Deputy Governor, Mr Femi Pedro, the Lagos State Sports Commission is to be headed by seasoned sports administrator, Dr Kweku Adedayo Tandoh.Other members of the Trust Fund are Olaposi Agunbiade (Executive Secretary), Dr Enitan Oshodi, Oladipo Awe, Adekoyejo Adejumo, Segun Odusanya, Akindele Ogunlana, Kweku Tandoh, Babatunde Bank-Anthony, Moyosore Ogunseinde, Professor Ademola Abass, Fola Padonu and Omolola Essien.Members of the Sports Commission are Babatunde Bank-Anthony (Director General), Olaposi Agunbiade (Executive Secretary), Gboyega Edu, Toyin Okenla-Ojeaga, Prince Fatai Olukunga, Abdulazeez Tijani, Babatunde Fatayi-Williams, Oluseyi Akinwunmi, Bolaji Adeniji-Adele and Gbenga Kuye.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more