It looks like the classic 1979 flick, The Warriors, is due for an update, this time from writer and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda. The Hamilton writer is said to be adapting a musical version of The Warriors with a new stage musical, per The New York Post. The stage version will be an adaptation of the original 1965 novel of the same name by Sol Yurick.
THE WARRIORS: LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA WORKING ON NEW STAGE MUSICAL
The story follows violent gag battles in New York City. The NY Post reports that Miranda is hard at work on the new stage musical according to a person near the Miranda family. Miranda and his team did not respond to NY Post’s requests for comment.
The story appears to be an apt choice for Miranda since he’s from New York, and the film takes the Warriors gang across Manhattan, Brooklyn, and The Bronx, as they attempt to flee from a murder they did not commit. The story goes from sundown to sunrise as the Warriors are blamed for the death of another gang leader, Cyrus. Miranda has already written two musicals based around New York with In the Heights and the iconic smash hit, Hamilton.
Miranda has not revealed a new show since the premiere of Hamilton when it debuted at the Public Theater eight years ago. The show has since become a global phenomenon. Miranda’s career exploded following Hamilton as well, with the writer working on the songs for Disney movies, including Moana, Encanto, and The Little Mermaid.
More recently, Miranda’s film, In the Heights, was adapted into the 2021 feature from Warner Bros. Also, he directed the Netflix musical film Tick, Tick… Boom!
Miranda has also received Oscar nominations for his songs written for Encanto and The Little Mermaid. In 2021, he won a Primetime Emmy Award for the Disney+ feature version of the Hamilton stage play.
It’s unknown when The Warriors stage musical might premiere on Broadway. The Public Theater, where Hamilton debuted, was recently forced to lay off 19% of its staff and cut programming for budgetary reasons.
Yurick, the writer of the original 1965 novel, is said to have hated the 1979 film directed by Walter Hill. The original story and film were both inspired by the ancient Greek war story Anabasis. Yurick’s version was much darker and grittier, and the writer shadowed real-life gangs around New York City for research to his book. The film version is well known for its colorful costumes, visual style, and soundtrack.
It’s also unknown if Miranda plans to collaborate with another playwright to feature a script with the musical adaptation similar to In the Heights, which was written by Quiara Alegría Hudes, or if it will be wholly sung through, similar to Hamilton.
Miranda is an incredible talent, and he’s proved that with his recent experience as a singer, songwriter, and actor. It should be interesting to see what he comes up with for The Warriors.
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SOURCE: The New York Post