"American Idiot" is not making its Broadway debut until April 20, but talks are already circulating that Playtone partners Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman want to turn the musical into a feature film, Deadline Hollywood Daily is exclusively reporting.
"American Idiot" uses the songs of Green Day to tell the story of three small-town guys. One joins the armed forces, one becomes a wayward junkie after moving to the city, and the other plays it safe and stays home and gets his girlfriend pregnant. Drama!
The latest Playtone Broadway-to-film project was "Mamma Mia!" from Universal, so it's likely that the shingle will offer the rights to the studio. But Universal is busy turning another musical, "In the Heights" into a big screen adaptation. The studio has hired Kenny Ortega to direct the project.
But honestly? What Universal needs to do is scrap everything and do a big-screen adaptation of "Wicked!" Now that will be, well, wicked!
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