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Universal picks up rights to Green Day musical American Idiot

04.13.2011

After dropping an adaptation of the Broadway musical "In the Heights," Universal is getting back into the movie musical game picking up the rights to Green Day's AMERICAN IDIOT. Tom Hanks is producing the film with Oscar-winner Dustin Lance Black (MILK) writing the script.

This is normally the part of the article where I'd share some background on the material in question, but I literally have no idea about this AMERICAN IDIOT phenomenon. I checked out of Green Day somewhere around "Kerplunk," something I say not to sound hipster cool ("I liked them back before they were famous...") just to highlight that I'm almost totally ignorant of their work. I had no idea this "American Idiot" CD was a musical/concept album until I started seeing ads for the Broadway show.

But apparently it is was a Broadway show and successful enough for Universal to think it'd be successful on the big-screen. This seems plausible because my mom is a big fan of Green Day and, as we all know, moms like to pay money to see musicals. As for what that says about a once-respected punk bad, I'll let you decide.

I'm still not entirely sure what AMERICAN IDIOT is about but I'm guessing being young and cranky and full of teen angst. Frankly it seemed that the original appeal of Green Day was their simple hooks and lyrics uncomplicated by any real kind of thought (most of their early songs were about sitting around, bored). But hey, if it tickles your fancy, go with it. I got caught singing Peter Cetera's "You're My Inspiration" at the supermarket last night so what do I know?

Source: THR

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4:29PM on 04/14/2011

Fuckin' A, I'm annoyed

As someone who A) Actually listened to the album when it came out (like 5 years ago), and B) Actually knows the background and plot lines for the actual album AND the stage musical, I'm excited. It will adapt well to the screen, I think, and it is an interesting and new direction for movie musicals. Also, to those below who obviously didn't look into this at all (and to the guy who wrote the article) this is not the only website in the world. Use Google, Wikipedia, or the official websites for
As someone who A) Actually listened to the album when it came out (like 5 years ago), and B) Actually knows the background and plot lines for the actual album AND the stage musical, I'm excited. It will adapt well to the screen, I think, and it is an interesting and new direction for movie musicals. Also, to those below who obviously didn't look into this at all (and to the guy who wrote the article) this is not the only website in the world. Use Google, Wikipedia, or the official websites for Green Day or the American Idiot stage play. It's called research. FORM an opinion, don't pull one out of your ass.
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8:49PM on 04/13/2011
sigh
I'm gonna be the one here, who says I love Green Day, and even tho this play-to-movie news will get a lot of hate, I don't care, I got Tom Hanks on my side :D
sigh
I'm gonna be the one here, who says I love Green Day, and even tho this play-to-movie news will get a lot of hate, I don't care, I got Tom Hanks on my side :D
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7:36PM on 04/13/2011
I didn't know we could write stories on things we knew nothing about. I'm going to be a sports writer! Somebody wrote something about hockey, so that must be going on....should I ramble about beer for three paragraphs now?
I didn't know we could write stories on things we knew nothing about. I'm going to be a sports writer! Somebody wrote something about hockey, so that must be going on....should I ramble about beer for three paragraphs now?
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6:25PM on 04/13/2011

Never MInd the Bollocks

Uhhh, so essentially they are re-making/updating "Hair"?
Wow, "edgy" count me in.
(as in the FUCK OUT)
Uhhh, so essentially they are re-making/updating "Hair"?
Wow, "edgy" count me in.
(as in the FUCK OUT)
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4:26PM on 04/14/2011
Again, someone who doesn't use google or wikipedia. The musical has almost NOTHING in common with Hair. At all. JSYK.
Again, someone who doesn't use google or wikipedia. The musical has almost NOTHING in common with Hair. At all. JSYK.
1:18PM on 04/13/2011
WOW...you really have absolutely no idea what you are writing about, at all.
Teen angst??? An entire album that slams the right wing fanatics in the US is teen angst? OK, we definitely know you have no idea..lol.
WOW...you really have absolutely no idea what you are writing about, at all.
Teen angst??? An entire album that slams the right wing fanatics in the US is teen angst? OK, we definitely know you have no idea..lol.
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12:53PM on 04/13/2011
Was no one else available to write this article? Like someone who knows about the subject at all? Or even someone will just willing to look on Wikipedia for 3 minutes?

Either way, this movie will probably be stupid.
Was no one else available to write this article? Like someone who knows about the subject at all? Or even someone will just willing to look on Wikipedia for 3 minutes?

Either way, this movie will probably be stupid.
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1:04PM on 04/13/2011
I think the subject matter was given its due. If anybody actually gives a shit about Green Day anymore, they probably already know the stupid background info about this crappy album.
I think the subject matter was given its due. If anybody actually gives a shit about Green Day anymore, they probably already know the stupid background info about this crappy album.
1:14PM on 04/13/2011
Haha fair enough.... I mean, clearly I am not willing to look around to get more info, but the the question is, why write an article at all?
Haha fair enough.... I mean, clearly I am not willing to look around to get more info, but the the question is, why write an article at all?
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10:36AM on 04/13/2011

speaking of angst....

...any new updates on a kurt cobain bio-pic?
...any new updates on a kurt cobain bio-pic?
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