Like a lot of people, I was a fan of Green Day throughout the mid to late ’90s and owned most of their early albums, but over time my interest waned. I guess somewhere along the way I sort of grew up, but just when I thought they were going to fade away, they managed to re-emerge with the smash hit album American Idiot in 2004. Although the music hadn’t changed much, people really bought into their new artistic vision of a “punk rock opera” and the political edge that came with it. At the time, there was talk of a movie based on the album, and although that never materialized, the album did eventually inspire an off-Broadway musical in 2009. Now that musical is also set to hit Broadway this April, and Hollywood has once again come knocking.
According to Deadline New York, Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman are currently in talks to turn the musical into a feature film through their Playtone production company (the same folks who brought Mamma Mia! to the big screen). On the surface it may sound a bit silly, but the idea of doing a musical that appeals to a totally different demographic is intriguing and actually pretty smart. I have always been a bit surprised that Green Day have managed to last this long, but with their own Rock Band game also hitting stores later this year, it’s pretty obvious that they are now a cultural force to be reckoned with. The question is, would an American Idiot movie actually be any good? The plot supposedly centers on three teenage friends from “Jingletown, USA”, one of whom joins the army, one gets hooked on heroin, and the other gets his girlfriend pregnant. Sounds pretty deep. Are you a Green Day fan, and would you pay to see the American Idiot musical? (Thanks to Jackson for the heads up on this story.)