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Green Day's American Idiot Musical Headed to the Big Screen

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March 22, 2010
Source: Deadline

Green Day's American Idiot

If you didn't know, punk rock band Green Day turned their popular album American Idiot into a one-act stage musical of the same name featuring songs from that album as well as their recent album 21st Century Breakdown. After much buzz, the musical is headed to Broadway next month, but Deadline says that plans for a feature film adaptation are already in the works as Tom Hanks' Playtone Productions want to tell the coming-of-age story of three small-town guys: one joins the armed forces, another moves to the city and gets lost in drugs, and the third stays home and gets his girlfriend pregnant. These kids definitely aren't all right.

Like a genuine musical, there isn't much dialogue beyond the lyrics from the music of Green Day, so if you're not a fan or think they've sold out, you should probably tune out. As a rock-based musical, it'll be interesting to see if they get any big name actors to fill the roles like many award-seeking musicals, or if it'll be a cast of relatively unknown stars. Hanks and Playtone had a great audience reception for the adaptation of Mamma Mia! not to mention that pseudo-musical That Thing You Do! (they really love musicals with exclamation points). Sounds like we won't be short of musicals in the near future with other projects like In the Heights and Rock of Ages on the way focusing on more contemporary sounds entering the musical genre, as well as more conventional musicals like Damn Yankees. As a fan of many musicals, count me excited. Thoughts?

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  • Vince
    Sounds great. Love Green day. Always will. Always have.
  • Angry Chief
    burn it with the deepest and most furious fires of HELL!!!
  • People's Champ
    This band has Sucked since day one.
  • Cody w
    Lol a musical for the biggest sellout emo/wanna be politically smart band ever. Was hoping the fires of hell had eaten them up by now....one can dream though....one can dream.
  • J
    footage of this musical made me cringe, don't know what a movie would do to me
  • laurie
    This is so exciting! I saw it in Berkeley and it's unbelievable. So much fun & the orchestrations are amazing. I'd see a movie! Badass!
  • Deathtoll 2010
    well, as one who has seen them go from 'basket case' to '21 guns', I have to say this is not surprising. I am curious though if other matured punk bands from the nineties like the Offspring will follow suit if this is successful...*shaking head in disappointment*
  • Dave Lister, J.M.C.
    The time for this has long since passed. When guys in bands get into their 40's they start trying anything and everything to stay relevant. They end up looking kind of pathetic as they continue to dress up and slobber on the grease paint the same way they were when they were still in their 20's.
  • Voice of Reason
    Barfaroo.
  • Angry Chief
    I am not a fan of Green Day, I am not a fan of their American Idiot album, and I will not support this abortion of a movie.
  • jont
    cant wait to not see this
  • Robert patinson should be dead.
    Bollocks

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