A couple of weeks ago the world rejoiced to learn that Hamilton, the smash Broadway hit was filmed with the original cast, would be brought into movie theaters by Disney Productions. After the joy and excitement subsided, we started to think about one important fact.
Disney’s strict PG-13 movie policies. That’s no swearing and no usage of curse words. If you are familiar with the cast recording and the musical (and who isn’t) you know there’s a part or three where the musical would get into trouble with the censorship.
Reporters went straight to the source and during the Oscar’s red carpet approached Lin Manuel Miranda, creator of the show, about this very issue, his response:
I think we’ll figure it out when we get there, but we’re not going to cut any sections of the show. If we have to mute a word here or there to reach the largest audience possible, I’m OK with that, because your kids already have the original language memorized. I don’t think we’re depriving anyone of anything if we mute an f-bomb here or there to make our rating.
This may be the best approach to it, without damaging the original content by changing it, I’m sure all Hamilton fans will be able to fill in the blanks while watching the movie.