Green Day Takes to Movies with ‘American Idiot’

by Robin Ruinsky

Green Day: American Idiot

Green Day’s “American Idiot” album is about to open as a Broadway musical on April 20, but before the curtain rises plans are underway to turn the musical adaptation into a film. According to Deadline New York, the film will be produced by Tom Hanks Playtone productions with partner Gary Goetzman.

The Broadway musical gives a story line to the songs from the “American Idiot” album that was released in 2004 to critical acclaim and huge sales. It will follow the lives of three young men, one enters the military, one gets his girlfriend pregnant and the other sinks into drug addiction. The show is mostly sung using the Green Day tunes with limited dialogue.

The musical has been in development for a while with a version opening at Berkeley Repertory Theatre produced by Tom Hulce and Ira Pittleman. The Broadway version is directed by “Spring Awakening” director Michael Mayer with musical supervisor Tom Kitt and a good deal of input by Green Day and lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong.

Movie musicals have been showing up in theaters with mixed box office results. Playtone’s production of the Abba fueled Mamma Mia was simply hideous, but audiences loved it. The musical adaptation of Nine was a resounding flop.

Now we have a remake of Damn Yankees on the horizon, New Line has picked up “Rock of Ages”, Universal is supposed to produce an adaptation of “Wicked” while it’s got “In the Heights” on the fast track to becoming a feature film.

Looks like there will be a lot of singing going on in a theater near you.

What do you think of this mini resurgence of the movie musical? Do you love it or will you avoid any film where actors open their mouths and sing?