LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "American Idiot," the Broadway
musical based on Green Day's acclaimed album of the same name, is
getting another life on the big screen.
Universal is in negotiations to pick up the screen rights and has
hired Michael Mayer, the director of the stage production, to shoot the
Dustin Lance Black, the Oscar-winning writer of "Milk," is in
discussions to write the screenplay. Tom Hanks will serve as a
producer, along with the members of the punk rock trio.
A concept album tackling the ideas of love vs. rage, "American Idiot"
follows three characters: the aimless Jesus of Suburbia, punk rock
freedom fighter St. Jimmy, and Whatsername. It was released in 2004 and
quickly became one of the band's biggest albums. It also spawned
Grammy Awards, as did the Broadway version.
Hanks and business partner Gary Goetzman were producers on the
mega-smash "Mamma Mia!," the adaptation of the musical based on the
ABBA songs. Universal was behind that musical, which got it on the hunt
for other musical projects.