And before these twins get here, hip-hop mogul Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter scored yet another deal securing Blue Ivy and Future Beyonce 1 & 2* coins and coins more abundantly.
Billboard reports Jay-Z has joined Harvey Weinstein as co-producer to almost EGOT-er Lin-Manuel Miranda’s In The Heights film adaptation. Directed by Jon M. Chu and written by Quiara Alegría Hudes, Heights mixes hip-hop, salsa, and merengue to tell the story of Latino characters growing up just a little further uptown than Harlem in Miranda’s stomping grounds, Washington Heights.
As of September, Jay-Z booked part of a first-look deal, which grants the Weinstein Company first dibs on Jay-Z’s planned TV and film projects.
No stranger to TV, film, or Broadway, let us not forget he produced the 2014 Annie remake (which starred Quvenzhané Wallis & Jamie Foxx), co-produced Chris Rock’s Top Five, executive produced Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, and co-produced Fela! on Broadway.
Mr. Carter says: “I’m excited to tell stories from real-life prophets, whom through their struggles have changed the world for the better, and others whose stories are filled with fantasy and delight.”
I’m guessing the film adaptation of the 2008 Tony Award winning Best Musical falls into the category of “fantasy and delight.”
While Miranda says he won’t reprise Usnavi, a central character he originated on Broadway, he did mention the possibility of tackling another character in the film. And although he has not yet announced a cast, Miranda hinted at his choice of a now former Hamilton cast member taking on a role.
But one thing we know for certain: Miranda is non-stop. Teaming up with the first family of hip-hop (by extension of Jay-Z)? Legendary. What do you think? Sound off below in the comments!
P.S. If you’re not currently watching the documentary Jay-Z produced on Kalief Browder get your life immediately. If you don’t know Kalief Browder, head right on over to Google.
* hey Beyoncé, girl. No disrespect. I’m just excited for the twins and know they will be spitting images of your grace and beauty. “Beyoncé” is truly the only name that can live up to your esteem without taking the time to seriously try and speculate on name choices, because c’mon– unexpected/taking our wigs, breath, life, liberty, and the pursuit of knowledge of your life is your thing.