On Feb 3. 2020, The Walt Disney Company announced its acquisition of the worldwide distribution rights that would bring the blockbuster theatrical production to cinemas in 2021; the film premiere was fast-tracked to stream on Disney+ beginning Jul. 3, 2020. Directed by Thomas Kail, with book, music, and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the musical was shot at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in Jun. 2016 with the original Broadway cast. The filming was produced by RadicalMedia and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.