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In the Heights creators demand Weinstein Company relinquishes film rights

In the Heights at the King’s Cross Theatre. Photo: Tristram Kenton
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The creators of musical In the Heights have asked the Weinstein Company to release the film rights to the show, following the sexual harassment accusations against the company’s co-founder Harvey Weinstein.

In a statement, Quiara Alegria Hudes, who co-authored the show with Lin-Manuel Miranda, said that “as a woman, [she] could no longer do business with the Weinstein Company”.

The American film studio holds the film rights to In the Heights, which had been in development for the screen.

In the wake of allegations against Weinstein, who has now been fired from the company, Hudes said: “To those women who suffered directly at Harvey’s hands, I extend my sincerest compassion and support. Unfortunately, my musical In the Heights is tied up in the company.

“I hope the Weinstein Company has enough grace, in the wake of these revelations, to respect my stand as a woman, and to allow us to extricate In the Heights from it.

“In the Heights deserves a fresh start in a studio where I’ll feel safe (as will my actors and collaborators).”

Miranda later tweeted Hudes’ statement adding: “She speaks for us both.”