Hamilton live musical a possibility at NBC? Network boss says 'unrealistic for a decade or so'
Following NBC’s successful run of live musicals, would the network ever bring the über popular Hamilton to the small screen? Maybe, but fans of the smash hit musical will be waiting a while.
“Sure, we’d love to be able to film Hamilton is some capacity, but I think it will be years before they even look at a movie or any kind of film version of that show,” NBC boss Robert Greenblatt told reporters at the Television Critics Association’s press tour on Wednesday. “It’s a thrilling theatrical experience. I think it would be a thrilling movie or television experience. Yeah, I’d love to. I think it’s unrealistic for a decade or so, but check back with me then.”
If NBC did consider it, the network already has an in. “I’m very fortunate to be a personal investor in Hamilton,” Greenblatt said. “I’m friendly and close with all those producers and that creative team.”
One of the most sought-after tickets in New York, the hip-hop musical that follows the life of Alexander Hamilton hails from Lin-Manuel Miranda.
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The news comes on the heels of NBC announcing its next live musical production: Hairspray, which follows The Wiz Live, Peter Pan Live, and The Sound of Music Live. The network also noted they’re interested in doing a drama format live, though was struggling to find a showrunner to agree. Dick Wolf, for instance, laughed and said “absolutely not” when approached by the network to do a live version of one of his Chicago shows.
However, Greenblatt said the network is still in talks with Aaron Sorkin on a live movie of A Few Good Men.
“We still haven’t made all those deals yet, but that’s a courtroom drama that’s conducive to that and was also a play,” he said. “I’d love to try it.”