Universal Explores "American Idiot" Film

News   Universal Explores "American Idiot" Film Dustin Lance Black, an Academy Award winner for his 2008 screenplay for "Milk," has been approached to write the screenplay for a film version of the Broadway musical American Idiot, according to published reports.

Universal Pictures is in negotiations to bring the rock musical, using the songs of Green Day's famous Grammy Award-winning album of the same name, to movie theatres. Tony Award winner Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening, "Flicka," "A Home at the End of the World") would direct; he co-wrote the stage script which plugs Green Day songs into a newly invented story of three young suburban slackers who take different paths in post-9/11 America. The musical will close at Broadway's St. James Theatre on April 24. Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong plays the villainous St. Jimmy in the final days of the run; there is speculation that he may surface in a film version. A national tour launches later this year.

The stage musical was optioned by Playtone partners Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman ("Mamma Mia!").

Deadline.com reported these most recent updates to the film's progress.

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