Green Day’s Musical, AMERICAN IDIOT, in Talks to Rock on the Big Screen with Tom Hanks Producing

     March 23, 2010

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It appears that the musical rock opera concept album that shot the punk rockers from Green Day into superstardom just cannot be stopped.  After the success of their 2004 album, Green Day transformed American Idiot into a successful, one-act stage musical, which also includes music from their follow up album, 21st Century Breakdown.

Even though the musical has yet to debut on Broadway, Deadline has just reported that talks are underway with Playtone partners Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman to turn the musical into a feature film.  For those that are unfamiliar with Playtone, they were responsible for the box office smash, Mamma Mia!, which of course was originally a Broadway musical adapted from the music of Abba.  Apparently, Playtone has a first look deal with Universal, but Hanks and Goetzman are working on actually getting the rights to American Idiot before they bring it to the studio.

Based on the material, it’s clearly obvious that the film will be more Rent than Sweeney Todd, but feel free to judge for yourself. Hit the jump to check out a brief synopsis and the official video for “21 Guns”, featuring the cast of American Idiot.

American Idiot uses the songs of punk band Green Day to tell the coming of age story of three small-town guys in a post-9/11 world. One joins the armed forces, another moves to the city and gets mired in a drug habit, and the third stays home and gets his girlfriend pregnant. There is little dialogue beyond the Green Day tunes. The musical is directed by Spring Awakening‘s Michael Mayer and the music supervisor is Tom Kitt with much involvement from Green Day and their lead singer/songwriter Billie Joe Armstrong.”


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