Sony Gets in the Lin-Manuel Miranda Business With Animated Musical ‘Vivo’
Sorry, Disney — you can’t have Lin-Manuel Miranda all to yourself anymore. The Hamilton creator has been diversifying his studio interests, recently getting behind an upcoming television adaptation of The Kingkiller Chronicle trilogy. And now he’s adding another project to his increasingly busy — and impressive — schedule, providing a whopping 11 original songs for Sony’s new animated film, Vivo.
Per Deadline, Miranda has penned 11 original songs for Vivo, which Sony Pictures Animation has unsurprisingly fast-tracked, setting a December 18, 2020 release for the animated project. Kirk De Micco (The Croods) has been tapped to direct the film, which will be based on a screenplay by Quiara Alegría Hudes — who previously collaborated with Miranda on his other Broadway hit, In the Heights.
Vivo centers on an adventurous and determined capuchin monkey (this already sounds adorable) as he sets sail from Havana, Cuba to pursue his dreams of becoming a musician in Miami. Interestingly, Miranda wrote the original songs for Vivo years ago, when the project was set up at DreamWorks Animation following the success of In the Heights. The animated film was stuck in development limbo until moving over to Sony, where the studio has smartly fast-tracked production.
With his Hamilton run complete, Miranda has been lining up several projects — mostly at Disney, where he co-wrote the music for Moana. He’s also set to star opposite Emily Blunt in the Mary Poppins sequel, is collaborating with Alan Menken on new music for the live-action Little Mermaid movie, and recently revealed that he’s cooking up an original animated film with Zootopia co-director Byron Howard.