Well, for anyone that isn’t totally sick of Green Day or American Idiot (hello to all three of you), this will come as great news: the pop-punk band’s concept record turned Broadway musical has been sold to Universal Studios and will now be adapted into a film, allowing its dark dominion over pop culture and all of our minds to be complete (kind of like Videodrome, but without James Woods going nuts and killing everyone).
According to Billboard, “Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, who optioned the rights before Idiot began its Broadway run, will produce via their Playtone banner along with the band, Pat Magnarella and Tom Hulce.” The film is set to be directed by Michael Mayer, who also directed the stage version of American Idiot.
While no screenplay has been written, Milk writer Dustin Lance Black is in talks to take on the job of morphing a “concept album tackling the ideas of love vs. rage” that followed three characters, “the aimless Jesus of Suburbia, punk rock freedom fighter St. Jimmy and Whatsername,” into a cohesive musical film that doesn’t, you know, suck (I’m looking at you Across the Universe, and I’m glaring hard). No word yet on whether the Broadway cast—which includes Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong—will be coming onboard the film.
What do you think of an American Idiot film?