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American Idiot Movie Coming with Tom Hanks Producing

By April 13, 2011

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Billie Joe Armstrong and the American Idiot CastTom Hanks and his Playtone team will be producing American Idiot and The Hollywood Reporter says Universal's in negotiations for the screen rights to the Broadway musical based on Green Day's album. Hanks has been involved with the process of bringing American Idiot to the big screen since early 2010, jumping at the opportunity to produce the film before it even opened on Broadway last April. Hanks and his Playtone production company were also behind the film adaptation of Mamma Mia!.

The play's director, Michael Mayer, has been tapped to helm the film. Mayer's film credits include Flicka (the feel-good family movie with Tim McGraw) and A Home at the End of the World starring Colin Farrell, Dallas Roberts, and Robin Wright. Dustin Lance Black will work on the screenplay. Black earned an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Milk and his latest project, J. Edgar - the J Edgar Hoover biopic directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role - is getting a lot of buzz.

The Tony Award-winning American Idiot is the story of three lifelong friends "forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia" in a post 9-11 world. [Green Day's American Idiot on Broadway] There's no word yet on whether Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong will star in the film version of the play.

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(Photo of Billie Joe Armstrong with the cast of American Idiot by Slaven Vlasic / Getty Images)

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