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Forrest Gump Bringing Green Day’s ‘American Idiot’ to Hollywood


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In 11 days, Green Day's great Broadway experiment will end when the curtain closes on American Idiot after a year and four days' worth of performances. But April 24th won't be the last time you'll hear theatrical versions of "Boulevard of Broken Dreams": As rumored for the past year, the musical version of the band's multiplatinum 2004 album will live on on the silver screen. According to Reuters, Universal is in talks to purchase the rights, and it's bringing some Oscar-winning talent. Tom Hanks (yes, that Tom Hanks) and Gary Grotzman will produce the film, and Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black will pen the screenplay.

Michael Mayer, the director of the Broadway musical, would also helm the Hollywood version, and all three members of Green Day are set to produce. Hanks has become somewhat of an unlikely expert on Hollywood musicals, first with his own That Thing You Do! and then as a producer of both the screen version of Mamma Mia! and the Emmy-winning HBO broadcast of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th anniversary concerts, so Green Day's rock opera is in good hands. It was rumored as far back as March 2010 that Hanks wanted to bring American Idiot to movie theaters, and now that the show is closing, he'll get his chance.

For the final American Idiot performances on Broadway, Billie Joe Armstrong is reprising his role of St. Jimmy with the cast (tickets sell a lot better when he's in the show than when he's not). No word yet whether he'll also play that part in the big screen version. If not, maybe Tom Cruise is available...

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