ByGenevieve Van Voorhis, writer at
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Genevieve Van Voorhis

It hasn't even been a whole year since Hamilton's first opening night, and already it's made history. It's unseated Lion King as the highest-grossing show on Broadway, and now the top spot fluctuates weekly between the two. It's nabbed a record-breaking 16 Tony nominations, and earned writer Lin-Manuel Miranda a Pulitzer Prize (and a whole lot of money).

Since it's so damn hard to get tickets, and some of us don't live anywhere near Broadway, wouldn't it be great to see the magic of Hamilton in your very own local movie theater? Hollywood is buzzing with talk about bringing Hamilton to the silver screen, and basically everyone wants to be in the room where it happens.

Miranda is unlikely to sell the rights to his box office gold mine any time soon, but when he does, the following directors have all sung the praises of the "10-dollar founding father."

1. J.J. Abrams

J.J. Abrams
J.J. Abrams

Did you know that Miranda actually wrote the music for the cantina scene in Star Wars: Force Awakens? When J.J. Abrams went to see Hamilton, Miranda met him at the show and blatantly offered to do the music for the scene. When John Williams said he'd rather just stick to writing the score, Abrams knew exactly who could get the job done:

"I end up e-mailing Lin-Manuel Miranda and I say, 'I know you were kidding but if you actually want to write this music, I'm actually working on something if you want.' He's like, 'I'll drop everything!' I'm like, 'All right!'"

Abrams just couldn't stop singing Hamilton's praises on The Tonight Show:

"It's an incredible musical. Beyond belief! I go to see this show with our son and at intermission, Lin-Manuel Miranda who wrote it and conceived it and normally stars in it—he wasn't in it that night—comes up to me and he says hello. And my mind is blown because he's so brilliant."

That level of fandom definitely earns him a spot on the list of potential candidates.

2. Ryan Coogler

Ryan Coogler
Ryan Coogler

29-year-old Creed director Ryan Coogler told Vanity Fair that he would not throw away his shot at adapting Hamilton for Hollywood:

“I think anyone who ever picked up a camera would [want to adapt Hamilton for film]. That’s all people are talking about in California right now.”

Like most fans, Coogler was surprised and impressed by just how much Alexander Hamilton's story resonated with him personally:

"It was really amazing to see this play that takes two things — hip-hop and the American Revolution — that you would think wouldn’t have anything to do with each other, but they actually fit each other like a glove. When you look at the idea of the underdog, the idea of people feeling like they are being overlooked, people who feel like they have something to prove."

3. Tom Hooper

Tom Hooper
Tom Hooper

Okay, so maybe Tom Hooper hasn't publicly gushed about his love for Hamilton, but after his touching rendition of Les Miserables in 2012, he could be a serious contender. Although, maybe his schedule is full, since it's rumored that he's working on a screen version of the Broadway classic, Cats (read more about on that here).

Which director do you think would do justice to Hamilton on the silver screen?


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