Green Day’s American Idiot is being turned into a movie by HBO

Billie Joe Armstrong reveals that the premium cable channel has green-lit the musical


    After being turned into a Tony and Grammy Award-winning musical, Green Day’s American Idiot is getting a chance at an Emmy with a new TV movie.

    The 2004 rock opera was adapted for the stage in 2009, debuting on Broadway a year later. As the production went on tour, Tom Hanks and Gary Goetsman’s Playtone Productions optioned the rights in 2011. Now, according to frontman Billie Joe Armstrong, the film adaptation is finally “all systems go” over at HBO.

    (Read: Green Day’s Top 20 Songs)

    “That’s the plan right now, yeah,” Armstrong told NME. “We’ve got a green light from HBO, and the script is currently going through a couple of rewrites here and there, so I’m not sure when exactly we’re going to start shooting, but it’s definitely all systems go at the moment.”


    Playwright and TV writer Rolin Jones (The Intelligent Design fo Jenny Chow, Boardwalk Empire) penned the script and is currently going through rewrites. When the play was first optioned for film, the plan was to have Armstrong reprise his role as St. Jimmy, but it’s unknown if that’s still the case. Either way, the movie is likely to be a few months off.

    In the meantime, Green Day’s latest, Revolution Radio, drops tomorrow, October 7th. Watch video of Armstrong on Broadway performing “St. Jimmy” below.


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