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‘Croods’ Director Kirk DeMicco Jumps to Sony For Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘Vivo’

Now that Dreamworks has killed the Croods sequel, the directors of the film—Chris Sanders and Kirk DeMicco—have to look for new jobs. The dessert-loving DeMicco (above, left) seems to have found his next gig: directing an animated musical by Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda (above, right) at Sony Pictures Animation.

The film, entitled Vivo, was announced today and has been fast-tracked by Sony Pictures Animation president Kristine Belson, who herself left Dreamworks after the film she was producing, B.O.O.: Bureau of Otherworldly Operations, was canned.

According to Deadline, which broke the news, Miranda’s Vivo was also set up at Dreamworks around six years ago, before the Pulitzer-winning playwright had hit it big with Hamilton, but was garnering Hollywood’s attention for an earlier stage production, In The Heights. The story follows a music-loving capuchin monkey who travels from Havana, Cuba to Miami to become a musical star. The film will contain 11 songs written by Miranda.

The original idea for the film came from High School Musical franchise creator Peter Barsocchini, and the new film script is being written by Miranda’s stage collaborator Quiara Alegría Hudes (In the Heights)

Lisa Stewart (Turbo, Monsters vs Aliens) will produce; Laurence Mark will exec produce. Artist-turned-exec Mike Moon, who is now Sony Animation’s senior vice president of creative affairs, will oversee the project for the studio along with Belson.

Sony is eyeing a December 18, 2020 release date for Vivo.

  • ea

    Did Fidel’s death play a role in this movie being announced?

  • Elsi Pote

    Ok, what is the obsession with Lin -Manuel Miranda? The guy doesn’t come anywhere close to Andrew Lloyd Weber or his imitators.

    Don’t get wrong, He is good in his own realm, but not THAT good if you know what I mean.

    But I guess the false crave to adore someone is as old as the pyramids, and with so many talents passing away, somebody has to fulfill the void.

    • JustGoodSense

      What’s the obsession with Lloyd-Weber? Name one memorable song he’s written in the last 25 years. And who are his “imitators”?

      Miranda is the real deal. He actually is that good. He’s suffering some backlash now, because he’s a machine and God knows we can’t all just enjoy someone’s work unreservedly without cynics and hipsters eventually taking a dump in the middle of the room. But the guy knows how to wield an earwormy leitmotif like a master. He’s gonna be remembered.

  • Marie

    In other words, if a story focuses on a human being who isn’t a white American male, it’s “politically correct” and not just…”human?” Ok, got it!

  • It already sounds interesting of who’s coming on the project. At the same time, with Sony’s record for animation, it can feel a bit overloaded. Hopefully it will allow all the creatives to showcase what they have interest in, and provide an unique story.

  • JustGoodSense

    I guess it depends on how racist you feel against capuchin monkies.