Lin-Manuel Miranda To Recur On NBC Drama Series ‘Do No Harm’

By | Wednesday September 12, 2012 @ 6:41pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

Tony Award-winning actor Lin-Manuel Miranda (In the Heights) is set for a recurring role on NBC’s midseason drama Do No Harm. Written by David Schulner, the Universal TV-produced project centers on Jeffrey Kohn (Steven Pasquale), a brilliant neurosurgeon … Read More »

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Universal Tuning Feature Version Of Green Day Stage Musical ‘American Idiot’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures is negotiating to turn the Green Day-fueled Broadway musical American Idiot into a feature film. Dustin Lance Black, the Oscar-winning Milk scribe, is in talks to write the script, and Michael Mayer will direct. Mayer helmed the stage run of the musical, which is closing on Broadway April 24 and launching a tour in the fall. Black most recently scripted J. Edgar, the Clint Eastwood film that stars Leonardo DiCaprio as J. Edgar Hoover.

The musical, which uses the songs of the punk band’s seminal 2004 album to tell the coming-of-age story of three small-town guys, was optioned before its opening last spring by Playtone partners Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman. They previously turned the stage hit Mamma Mia! into a Universal film. It is expected that Green Day lead singer/songwriter Billie Joe Armstrong will be courted to play the role of the drug dealer St. Jimmy. Each time he did a stint in the role on Broadway, the grosses rose considerably at the St. James Theatre. The band was actively involved in the formation of the musical. Read More »

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Universal Dropping Musical ‘In The Heights’

By | Monday March 28, 2011 @ 3:00pm PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures has ended plans to turn the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical In The Heights into a feature with director Kenny Ortega. I’m told that the studio made a hard decision to drop the project. Expectation is that creator … Read More »

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