Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Vivo” Goes To Netflix

Originally published on Dark Horizons by Garth Franklin

“Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda’s family-friendly animated feature “Vivo” is coming to Netflix.

Sony Pictures, which was originally set to release the film in cinemas on June 4th, has now offloaded the project to Netflix. At present it’s not clear when it will debut on the streamer.

Sony will retain all rights in China though, along with home entertainment and linear television rights everywhere else, following periods of exclusivity on Netflix.

The project follows in the wake of a lucrative deal between Netflix and Sony which gives the streamer exclusive U.S. rights to the studio’s theatrical releases in the first pay-TV window and also gives Netflix a first-look deal at Sony’s offerings.

That pact doesn’t commence until 2022 so it doesn’t include the sale of “Vivo.” Kirk DeMicco and Brandon Jeffords co-direct the animated musical adventure follows a rainforest honey bear who spends his days playing music to the crowds in a lively Havana square with his beloved owner Andres. When tragedy strikes, the bear must make his way to Miami to deliver a letter.

Miranda, Gloria Estefan, Zoe Saldana, Brian Tyree Henry, Ynairaly Simo and Nicole Byer lend their voices. “Vivo” was directed by “The Croods” filmmaker Kirk DeMicco and co-directed by Brandon Jeffords.

Quiara Alegría Hudes, who wrote the book for Miranda’s “In The Heights,” has co-written the screenplay with DeMicco. The film adaptation of “In the Heights” will arrive in cinemas on June 11th, check out a trailer for that which aired during the Oscars.