TWC was supposed to go into production on a big-screen adaptation of "In The Heights", the hit Broadway Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote and starred in before "Hamilton", but reportedly Miranda and cocreator Quiara Alegría Hudes want the company to give it up. "I hope the Weinstein company has enough grace, in the wake of these revelations, to respect my stand as a woman, and allow us to extricate In the Heights from them".
"As a woman, I can no longer do business with The Weinstein Company", Hudes said as part of a lengthy Twitter post. The film version is now in the pre-production stage with a screenplay penned by Hudes and the involvement of Miranda and stage producer Scott Sanders. The project had been in development years before then; Universal Pictures had initially picked it up but released the rights in 2011. Insiders say numerous parties who have movies and television shows at TWC are anxious that the venture is tarnished beyond fix following publication of stories in The New York Times and The New Yorker detailing allegations of sexual assault, rape and sexual harassment on the part of the larger-than-life mogul.
As Harvey Weinstein's sexual harassment scandal continues to reverberate in Hollywood, a tug-of-war has begun over the rights to the movie adaptation of In The Heights because of it. "Decades. He thrived on this". It's been hard for me to sleep at night. I have friends, I have a mom, I am a woman.
She continued, "Harvey did not act alone. He had powerful enablers in his company and at the top tier of the criminal justice system".
Hudes called out Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance by name and hoped for "an ethical investigation" into his "role in enabling Harvey Weinstein's illegal behavior".