Is American Idiot Headed From Broadway to Big Screen?

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Tom Hanks’ production company is considering making a feature film of American Idiot, Green Day frontman and Idiot author Billie Joe Armstrong told the Wall Street Journal recently.

The new musical, which had its world premiere at California’s Berkeley Rep last fall, began Broadway previews March 24 at the St. James Theatre. Though no official talks have taken place, Hanks reportedly wants to secure a movie deal before the official opening April 20.

“They’ve been talking about it,” Armstrong said. “It’s a little on the early side to say what’s going to come of that. It’s really fun to think about, though.”

Hanks, with partner Gary Goetzman, helms the production company Playtone, the studio responsible for transferring the Broadway hit Mamma Mia! into a feature film.

American Idiot, based on the 2004 Green Day album of the same name, “follows the exhilarating journey of a new generation of young Americans as they struggle to find meaning in a post 9/11 world, borne along by Green Day's electrifying score,” according to press notes. Armstrong wrote the book, along with director Michael Mayer (Spring Awakening). Music is by Green Day with orchestrations by Tom Kitt.

The cast includes Tony winner John Gallagher, Jr. (Spring Awakening, Rabbit Hole), Michael Esper, Mary Faber, Rebecca Naomi Jones, Christina Sajous and Stark Sands.

- Gemma Wilson

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