"American Idiot" movie lands at Universal

Wed Apr 13, 2011 9:03am EDT

Cast of ''American Idiot'' performs at the American Theatre Wing's 64th annual Tony Awards ceremony in New York June 13, 2010. REUTERS/Gary Hershorn

Cast of ''American Idiot'' performs at the American Theatre Wing's 64th annual Tony Awards ceremony in New York June 13, 2010.

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LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - "American Idiot," the Broadway musical based on Green Day's acclaimed album of the same name, is getting another life on the big screen.

Universal is in negotiations to pick up the screen rights and has hired Michael Mayer, the director of the stage production, to shoot the movie version.

Dustin Lance Black, the Oscar-winning writer of "Milk," is in discussions to write the screenplay. Tom Hanks will serve as a producer, along with the members of the punk rock trio.

A concept album tackling the ideas of love vs. rage, "American Idiot" follows three characters: the aimless Jesus of Suburbia, punk rock freedom fighter St. Jimmy, and Whatsername. It was released in 2004 and quickly became one of the band's biggest albums. It also spawned Grammy Awards, as did the Broadway version.

Hanks and business partner Gary Goetzman were producers on the mega-smash "Mamma Mia!," the adaptation of the musical based on the ABBA songs. Universal was behind that musical, which got it on the hunt for other musical projects.

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