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Billie Joe Armstrong confirms Green Day movie is ‘all systems go’

Green Day have finally been given the green light by HBO for the movie adaptation of their album American Idiot.
The U.S. band’s 2004 record became a cult classic, and was turned into a musical in 2009. Rumours followed that the stage show would be turned into a big screen adventure, with Tom Hanks reported to be interested in producing it.
Now frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has given an update on progress on the project, telling NME.com it’s “all systems go”.
“That’s the plan right now, yeah,” he said. “We’ve got a green light from HBO, and the script is currently going through a couple of rewrites here and there, so I’m not sure when exactly we’re going to start shooting, but it’s definitely all systems go at the moment.”
While Green Day didn’t star in the musical themselves, Armstrong delighted fans when he played the character of St. Jimmy on occasion during the run at St. James Theatre on Broadway.
And Armstrong added he will be reprising his role as St. Jimmy for the film as well. It is unknown whether the other members of the band will appear in the movie.
Rolin Jones has been working on a screenplay for the musical since 2014, and told the Hartford Courant in March that year: “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.”
Armstrong was responsible for penning the book on which the show was based alongside director Michael Mayer, and the musical went on to win two Tony Awards in 2010 for Best Scenic Design and Best Lighting Design.
The following year, it took home a Grammy for Best Musical Show Album for the Broadway cast recording of the score.

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