A Film Version of Green Day’s American Idiot Is Coming to HBO

NEW YORK - APRIL 20: Musicians Mike Dirnt, Tre Cool and Billie Joe Armstrong of Green Day attend the Broadway Opening of "American Idiot" at the St. James Theatre on April 20, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images)

The long-delayed film adaptation of American Idiot, Green Day‘s 2004 rock opera concept album, is coming to HBO, frontman Billie Joe Armstrong told NME.

“We’ve got a green light from HBO,” Armstrong said. “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.” Armstrong also said he’d be reprising his supporting role as St. Jimmy, a character he occasionally played in the Broadway musical also adapted from the album. (Meanwhile, he stars in the new film Ordinary Worldwhich hits theaters October 14.)

Plans for an American Idiot movie were first announced in 2011, following the success of the musical. At the time, Tom Hanks was named as the producer, but it’s unclear if he’s still attached to the project.

Last year, Green Day released Heart Like a Hand Grenade, a making-of documentary about American Idiot. The band’s twelfth studio album, Revolution Radio, arrives tomorrow.

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