Pulitzer Prize winner Quiara Alegría Hudes is set to write “Life is a Carnival,” a new Latin-music-infused film for Warner Bros.
The film will mark his second collaboration with “In the Heights” producers Scott Sanders and Mara Jacobs after Hudes wrote the book for Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway musical as well as the screenplay for the film adaptation. by Jon M. Chu.
“I was hungry to write a story about generations of Latinas who bowed to the survival, struggle and celebration that my own elders modeled for me,” Hudes said in a statement. “The opportunity to tell such a story with the rich traditions of salsa and Latin music, to face and engage those delicious syncopations and complex tones – well, I couldn’t pass it up! For me, Latin music means celebration and protest. It means community and history. It means joy and self-determination. I am delighted to start this new creative journey.
Hudes’ play “Spoonful Water” won the Theater Pulitzer Prize in 2012, and his play “Elliot, a Soldier’s Fugue” and “Into the Heights” were finalists for the award. Her most recent musical, “Miss You Like Hell,” appeared on Off Broadway at the Public Theater in New York City. She founded and continues to organize Emancipated Stories, a project featuring incarcerated people writing one-page stories about their lives.
“We’re excited to collaborate with Quiara again, especially on this original and colorful story that celebrates the vibrancy of Latin music as a key part of the narrative,” said Sanders. “Quiara is one of the greatest storytellers of our time, and we are thrilled to have the chance to bring her unique voice to these characters. The pent-up wait for the release of ‘In the Heights’ shows that audiences can’t wait to see more Latinx stories We thank our partners at Warner Bros. for sharing our vision.
“Life Is a Carnival” will be produced under Sanders’ Purple Sand Pictures banner. Warner Bros. Executive Chairman of Production Kevin McCormick will oversee the photo.
In addition to “In the Heights” and “Life Is a Carnival”, Sanders is currently developing a film adaptation of the Tony-winning musical “The Color Purple” which he produced on Broadway. He recently produced the hit Broadway musical “Tootsie”. He and Jacobs are also producing an original musical film for Universal written by Tony Nell-nominated songwriters “Legally Blonde” Benjamin and Laurence O’Keefe.
Hudes is represented by lawyer Amy Nickin in Frankfurt Kurnit Klein + Selz. Sanders is represented by UTA and lawyer Erik Hyman at Paul Hastings.