Green Day’s ‘American Idiot’ movie has ‘green light from HBO’

Billie Joe Armstrong tells us it's 'all systems go' on the adaptation

Green Day have revealed that progress in finally being made on the long-awaited movie adaptation of their seminal album ‘American Idiot’.

The politically-charged 2004 album saw a revival of their career, and was later turned into a Broadway Musical with a spin-off in London. It has been tipped and discussed to be made into a film since its release, before reports emerged in 2011 of Tom Hanks wanting to produce it, before the film was finally confirmed in 2013 and playwright Rolin Jones revealed he was ‘finishing up’ the script back the following year.

Now, frontman Billie Joe Armstrong has told NME that progress is well underway with the project, that HBO were behind it and that he’d be reprising his own Broadway role as the character St. Jimmy.


“That’s the plan right now, yeah,” said Armstrong. “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.”

– Read our full interview with Billie Joe Armstrong in NME from tomorrow (Friday 7 October)

In other news, Armstrong stars as the lead in ‘Ordinary World’ – set for release on 14 October.

Green Day will headline British Summer Time Festival at Hyde Park in London on Saturday 1 July. A full line-up of support acts is yet to be announced. Tickets are on general sale from 9am on Friday 7 October.

– Read more: Why Green Day are the ‘greatest living punk band’

They release their new album ‘Revolution Radio’ on 7 October. The band return to the UK to tour in early 2017, performing at Leeds First Direct Arena (February 5), Manchester Arena (6) and London O2 Arena (8).