Lin-Manuel Miranda Is Working on a Secret Animated Film for Disney
Over the past year or so, Lin-Manuel Miranda has gone from Broadway sensation to Disney darling, lending his songwriting skills to Star Wars: The Force Awakens and signing on to star opposite Emily Blunt in the new Mary Poppins sequel — and that’s only half of it. According to Miranda, his role at Disney is rapidly expanding, and the latest project on his growing to-do list is a secret animated film with Zootopia co-director Byron Howard.
Miranda is becoming the male Meryl Streep — is there, like, anything this guy isn’t great at? In addition to co-starring in the Mary Poppins sequel, Miranda co-wrote songs for the Moana soundtrack and is set to collaborate with original composer Alan Menken on the live-action remake of The Little Mermaid. (Miranda is such a fan of the classic animated film that he named his son Sebastian.)
Though he tells Vulture he’s still in “super-early talks” for the live-action project and doesn’t even have a formal job title yet (“Right now, it’s the guy who wears the ‘don’t mess it up’ hat”), Miranda reveals that he’s already working on another project for Disney:
That's the fun thing about working with someone and having it go well — you go, ‘Okay, what else can we do?’ Lasseter took me aside and said, ‘I have an idea: Here’s Byron, and you guys should start talking.’
Miranda is collaborating on the top secret animated film with Zootopia co-director Byron Howard, and adds that while they “literally haven’t gotten in the room yet” they have already begun “plotting” whatever it is that they’re making.
With awards season getting underway, there’s been talk of Miranda nabbing an Oscar nom for his work on Moana, alongside fellow musical collaborators Opetaia Foa’i and Mark Mancina. With Emmy, Tony and Grammy awards under his belt, Miranda only needs an Oscar to achieve the rare EGOT — a distinction held by two other Disney favorites: Frozen composer Robert Lopez and veteran composer Alan Menken.