Late Monday, reports began circulating that Tom Hanks’ production company, Playtone, was in talks with Green Day about bringing their “American Idiot” musical to the big screen. Though nothing was confirmed, it appeared to be a significant step in the almost six-year-old saga of the film version of the band’s massive 2004 album .
So when MTV News caught up with [artist id="988"]Green Day[/artist] at rehearsals for the upcoming Broadway run of the “American Idiot” musical we asked the guys if this meant their album would be coming to a cinema near you. Turns out, the answer is … maybe.
“Oh, we start filming tomorrow morning,” drummer Tre Cool laughed. “We’ve got George Lucas and Spielberg interested.”
“I don’t know. It’s just talk right now, and it’s really exciting talk,” frontman Billie Joe Armstrong added. “So we’ll see what happens.”
So there you go: At the moment, there’s still no deal in place. But we could be inching closer to the film getting made, since Armstrong said he has already cast it in his mind.
“From what I understand, if you stick to the people that are part of the play, it comes out better that way,” Armstrong said. “Like I said, ['Idiot' director] Michael Mayer, he stuck to the integrity of the record, and the story of the record, and the music of the record. And I think if it was to be translated to the film, I think it would be the same thing.”
Previews of Green Day’s “American Idiot” musical begin at New York’s St. James Theatre on Wednesday, and the show will officially open on April 20.
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