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American Idiot (upcoming film)

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American Idiot
Directed byMichael Mayer
Produced by
  • Green Day
  • Tom Hanks
  • Gary Goetzman
Screenplay byRolin Jones
Based on
  • American Idiot
    by Green Day
  • American Idiot
    by Billie Joe Armstrong and Michael Mayer
  • Billie Joe Armstrong
  • HBO Films
  • Playtone
Distributed byHBO
CountryUnited States

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American Idiot is an upcoming American musical drama film based on the Broadway musical and the rock opera of the same name.


  • Billie Joe Armstrong as St. Jimmy: An adventurous drug dealer who is eventually revealed to be a drug-addled manifestation of Johnny's id. Armstrong is reprising his role after appearing as the character occasionally throughout the Broadway show's run.[1]



In April 2011, Tom Hanks and his production company Playtone optioned the musical to make a film version, and Universal Pictures began initial negotiations to distribute. Michael Mayer, who directed the Broadway production, was named as director, with Green Day and Hanks as producers. Dustin Lance Black was initially hired to adapt the musical.[2] Billie Joe Armstrong was asked to star as St. Jimmy, and the film was proposed for a 2013 release.[3] Armstrong later posted on his Twitter account that he had not "totally committed" to the role but was interested in it.[4]

In July 2013, at a screening of Broadway Idiot, Mayer reported that the film adaptation was still happening, but production had not been scheduled due to "Hollywood bullshit".[5] In March 2014, playwright Rolin Jones told the Hartford Courant that he was writing a new screenplay for the film. Comparing it to the musical, Jones said, "The idea is to get it a little dirtier and a little nastier and translate it into visual terms. There's not going to be a lot of dialogue and it probably should be a little shorter, too. After that, it just takes its 'movie time' in getting done". He expected to finish it by the end of the month.[6]

In October 2016, in an interview with NME, Armstrong revealed that the film had been greenlit by HBO, and the script was getting rewrites. He confirmed he would reprise his Broadway role as St. Jimmy.[7] In November 2016, Armstrong stated that the film is "going to be a lot different from the musical. It's kind of, more surreal but I think there's going to be parts of it that might offend people – which is good. I think it's a good time to offend people. I think there's just going to be a lot of imagery that we couldn't pull off in the musical in the stage version. You know, I don't want to give away too much, but it will be shocking in a way which makes you think."[8]


  1. "Green Day's 'American Idiot' movie has 'green light from HBO'". NME. 2016-07-10. Retrieved 2016-07-10.
  2. ""American Idiot" movie lands at Universal". Reuters. 2011-04-13. Retrieved 2011-04-17.
  3. "Tom Hanks' Playtone Productions Announces Neil Gaiman's 'American Gods,' Mattel's 'Major Matt Mason,' Green Day's 'American Idiot' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. 2014-03-19. Retrieved 2011-11-06.
  4. "Haven't totally committed to St Jimmy for AI movie. Yes, I'm interested. Yes someone jumped the gun."
  5. "Michael Mayer said that they don't know when the movie will come out due to Hollywood bullshit, but Billie Joe will play St. Jimmy". twitter.com.
  6. "Yale Rep's 'These Paper Bullets' Features New Songs From Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong". Hartford Courant. 2014-03-12. Retrieved 2014-03-19.
  7. "Green Day's 'American Idiot' movie has 'green light from HBO'". NME. 2016-07-10. Retrieved 2016-07-10.
  8. "Green Day give update on 'surreal, offensive' 'American Idiot' movie". NME. November 17, 2016. Retrieved November 17, 2016.

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