Written by Sade Dixon, CNN
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s fingers point at the television. He’s flipping through the programs and reads aloud from the opening credits. “Catelyn Stark was married to Robb Stark and died after the Battle of Winterfell,” he says.
“Arya Stark has always been Starks. Her great grandfather earned his brother’s freedom from the Dragon King,” he reads. “Catelyn Stark was the Longclaw of the Starks. Cersei Lannister lies at the door. ‘Please don’t let the Breaker of Chains in,’ Bran says. I laugh. ‘You’re looking right at me.’ — Jon Snow”
The winking confession is tongue-in-cheek, but it’s also a tender nod to the personal side of the author’s lore. The conversations are rare glimpses into the filmmaker’s process.
“I want to see the world in a different way. For me, time is infinite. I imagine that it’s not a word but a moment,” he said in an email, adding that in fact the experience of writing a screenplay in this format is quite similar to writing a novel.
His 11-chapter second screen adaptation of “Tick, Tick… Boom!” premiered July 10 on Netflix , with Miranda narrating as he wrote, plotting, and rewrites the book. The intimate, cinematic process showed viewers the immediacy of script writing, and offered insight into the writer-director’s process.
Miranda won three Tonys, a Pulitzer Prize, and the 2017 Tony Award for Best Score for his hit musical “Hamilton.” His dark comedy about an immigrant Cuban named Hector (Ernesto Acevedo) and his daughter Elisa (Sunny Ozuna) living in Brooklyn is preparing for a Broadway run.
He’s spent the last seven years writing and recording three albums and trying to organize his life. “I want to live life,” he says. “With every movie and play and poem and musical I write, I want to see the world through different eyes.”
Miranda included the blurb on his book’s jacket — among a list of unnamed collaborators who include “Austin Powers’s” Verne Troyer and LeBron James’ mom Gloria to name a few — noting it’s his first screenplay.
“I could feel as a viewer there was a pleasure from the feeling that I was part of that process.” He adds that he considers “Tick, Tick… Boom!” to be his first full-length screenplay.
“A lot of my scripts are episodic, which is a proper home for me,” he said. “I still think ‘musical’ and ‘screenplay’ are like two halves of the same coin. And then you will see this movie and know that’s what it is.”