Vivo (film)

Vivo is an upcoming American computer-animated musical film produced by Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Animation. The film is directed by Kirk DeMicco and co-directed by Brandon Jeffords, from a screenplay by Quiara Alegría Hudes and a story by Peter Barsocchini with songs written by Lin-Manuel Miranda. The film marks Sony Pictures Animation's first musical film.

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Directed byKirk DeMicco
Produced byLisa Stewart
Rich Moore
Michelle Wong
Screenplay byQuiara Alegría Hudes
Story byPeter Barsocchini
CinematographyRoger Deakins
Edited byErika Dapkewicz
Distributed bySony Pictures Releasing
Release date
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  • June 4, 2021 (2021-06-04) (United States)
CountryUnited States

Originally pitched to DreamWorks Animation in 2010 by Miranda, the film was cancelled due to a restructuring at the company in 2015; however, it was later revived and fast-tracked by Sony Pictures Animation on December 14, 2016.

Vivo is currently scheduled to be theatrically released in the United States on June 4, 2021, by Sony Pictures Releasing.


A capuchin monkey with a thirst for adventure – and a passion for music – makes a treacherous passage from Havana, Cuba to Miami, Florida in pursuit of his dreams to fulfill his destiny.



The film's origins trace back to 2010, when Lin-Manuel Miranda pitched an idea for a film to DreamWorks Animation following the success of his stage musical In the Heights. Due to a restructuring in 2015, DreamWorks eventually dropped the project. On December 14, 2016, Sony Pictures Animation eventually acquired the project from DreamWorks and fast-tracked it under the name Vivo, with Kirk DeMicco directing, Lisa Stewart producing, Laurence Mark executive-producing, and Quiara Alegría Hudes writing the screenplay from a story by Peter Barsocchini.[1][2] On June 12, 2019, Sony Pictures Animation head Kristine Belson announced at the 2019 Annecy International Animated Film Festival that Rich Moore would join the film as co-producer of the film with Roger Deakins serving as the film's cinematographer.[3]


On December 14, 2016, it was revealed that Lin-Manuel Miranda would be writing 11 songs for the film.[1]


On December 14, 2016, the film was scheduled to be theatrically released on December 18, 2020.[1] On January 26, 2018, the film's theatrical release date was moved a month earlier, to November 6, 2020.[4] On November 1, 2019, the film's theatrical release date was moved to April 16, 2021.[5] On April 24, 2020, the film's theatrical release date was moved to June 4, 2021 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.[6]


The film's teaser trailer will be released on November 4, 2020.[7]


  1. ^ a b c Fleming Jr., Mike (14 December 2016). "Sony Animation Sets Lin-Manuel Miranda's 'Vivo' For 2020 Bow". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  2. ^ Han, Angie (December 14, 2016). "Lin-Manuel Miranda's Vivo Coming From Sony in 2020". SlashFilm. Retrieved October 8, 2019.
  3. ^ Hopewell, John (12 June 2019). "Sony Pictures Animation Links To Tencent, Sets 'Boondocks,' Tartakovsky Duo". Variety. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  4. ^ Hipes, Patrick (26 January 2018). "'Vivo', Lin-Manuel Miranda's Animated Movie, Shifts Release Date". Deadline. Retrieved 15 July 2019.
  5. ^ Gonzalez, Umberto (November 1, 2019). "'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' Sequel Lands Spring 2022 Release Date". TheWrap. Retrieved November 1, 2019.
  6. ^ Bean, Travis (April 24, 2020). "'Spider-Man 3' And 'Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse 2' Get New Release Dates". Forbes. Retrieved April 24, 2020.
  7. ^ Sandy, Larry (October 29, 2020). "'Vivo' First Teaser Trailer on November 4th!". Twitter. Retrieved October 29, 2020.

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