From Grammys to Tonys to perhaps even Oscars?
"American Idiot," the hit Broadway play based on the Grammy-winning Green Day concept album, is in talks to sell its screen rights to Universal. The Hollywood Reporter says that the film will be produced Tom Hanks via his Playtone label, and Oscar-winning "Milk" screenwriter Dustin Lance Black is in talks to write the screenplay.
Originally a mid-90's California punk band, Green Day matured and took a political turn with "American Idiot," a sort of disaffected, anti-Bush rock opera. It made the band unlikely Grammy winners, sold five million albums, and inspired the Broadway show about the record's main character, Jesus of Suburbia.
Billie Joe Armstrong, the band's frontman, wrote the book for the Broadway show, which won two Tonys for production and was nominated for Best Musical, and is currently starring in the show (for the second time) as it closes out its run.
For more, click over to The Hollywood Reporter.