The talk of [artist id="988"]Green Day[/artist] producing a film version of American Idiot
actually started back in 2004, before the album had even hit stores.
Back then, frontman Billie Joe Armstrong said that he and his bandmates had "definitely" been talking to a few screenwriters about adapting the album, and that things looked promising. Then, of course, the album went massive, and Green Day spent the next two years touring the world, which basically put the film on the backburner.
Fast-forward to 2006, when, in another interview with MTV News,
Armstrong said that the Idiot film was "definitely going to happen," and that "every single week, there's more ideas" for the project. Fans were pumped, and film geeks readied their blogs ... then, well, nothing.
Of course, earlier this year, Green Day announced that a version of Idiot would be coming to the stage — or, more specifically, the Berkeley Repertory Theater in California — as a play, helmed by "Spring Awakening" director Michael Mayer. Rehearsals are already under way, and the play is scheduled to debut in September.
It would stand to reason that, after nearly five years of talking about it, Armstrong and company had finally decided that a stage version of the album would be a better fit than a film — not to mention easier to pull off. But that might not necessarily be true.
In an interview with The Associated Press published Monday (July 27), Armstrong was asked about the status of the Idiot film, and — lo and behold — it sounds like the project is still a possibility. And it's apparently undergoing a transformation at the hands of Dr. Frank N. Furter.
"I thought American Idiot had a lot in common with something like 'Rocky Horror Picture Show,' " Armstrong told the AP. "It would great to see a film made out of it someday too."
On the surface — or, really, any level — it seems like an odd comparison to make: Idiot was a lengthy, often serious and searing look at suburban hell and life during the dog days of the Bush administration. "Rocky Horror" is a screwball midnight musical about a devious, transsexual scientist and his dancing minions. But, both are certainly, uh, "theatrical," and both went on to become hugely successful: Idiot has sold some 14 million albums worldwide, and "Rocky Horror" has grossed more than $140 million since its release in 1975.
Plus, if Armstrong thinks the comparison is apt, who are we to disagree? Which means that we should all get ready to see St. Jimmy do the time warp (again) ... it's just a jump to the left, then a step to the right, after all.