'American Idiot' Movie in the Works

Billie Joe Armstrong makes his Broadway debut as 'St. Jimmy' in 'American Idiot' at the St. James Theater in NYC on Sept. 28.

"American Idiot," the Broadway musical based on Green Day's acclaimed album of the same name, is finding a home at Universal.

The studio is in negotiations to pick up the screen rights and has set Michael Mayer, the director of the stage production, to helm the big-screen adaptation.

Dustin Lance Black, who wrote "Milk," is in discussion to write the screenplay.

'American Idiot' Movie in the Works

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.

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.

Hanks and 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. Not all of them are created equal, however, and the studio recently put In the Heights into turnaround after it was deemed too pricey.


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