Variety reports that Universal Pictures is staying the musical business. The company has picked up the rights to the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical In the Heights. They plan to turn in into a film.

In the Heights was created by Lin-Manuel Miranda. He wrote and even starred in the play when it ran both Off Broadway and on Broadway. He is expected to star in the film.

The story of In the Heights takes place over "three days in the upper Manhattan neighborhood of Washington Heights, where a bodega owner (played by Manuel) inherits his late grandmother's lottery winnings and plans to shutter his store and retire on a beach in the Dominican Republic. Trying to say farewell to the characters who live on the block, he realizes that his neighbors are his real family, and he's torn about leaving."

Writing the screenplay will be the book's scribe, Quiara Alegria Hudes.

Evan Jacobs