Billie Joe Armstrong — the mastermind behind Green Day, one of the most influential pop-punk bands in the past 20 years — may bring his music to visual life.
But you’re thinking, wait a minute, isn’t American Idiot on Broadway right now? Well, yes, it is. But in an interview with the New York Times, Billie Joe said that he’d like to try creating original material for a musical with his current Idiot director, Michael Mayer.
“I think I’d be interested in the future of really getting into writing specifically for a show — that’s something I’d really love to do,” he said. “The kind of music that I like is very immediate and very catchy, and you identify with it quickly, and I try to write that way. And in musical theater it’s the same thing: you identify with the songs immediately, the good ones anyway.”
There’s no definite plans, but they want to do it — whatever that means. Also, the two also discussed — albeit briefly — an American Idiot movie that’s in the works.
“We’re definitely in talks. There are people who have the ability to make it happen, who have expressed genuine interest in it, and we want to do it, so I think it could happen.” Nothing is official, but some reports are pointing to Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzmann as potential producers through their company Playtone. Also, that Billie Joe would take the lead role.
So, that’s it. We’re for sure, maybe, probably, definitely going to have an American Idiot film and more Green Day-esque show tunes on Broadway.
Source: NYT ArtsBeat