Tom Hanks Turning Green Day's American Idiot into Feature-Length Film?

Tom Hanks Turning Green Day's <i>American Idiot</i> into Feature-Length Film?
Before the Broadway-musical manifestation of Green Day's 2004 multi-platinum smash album, American Idiot, can even celebrate opening night there are already talks that the album-turned-musical might soon be turned into a motion picture.

According to Deadline [via The Daily Swarm], Playtone Productions partners Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman are in the midst of planning a film version of the musical. The film will be based on the narrative of the stage production, which uses the lyrics of American Idiot songs to follow the lives of three small-town American kids as they come of age.

The musical was directed by Spring Awakening's Michael Mayer and the music was supervised by Tom Kitt, who got some help from the band, especially Green Day front-man Billy Joe Armstrong. The musical will open at St. James Theatre in NYC, NY, on April 20.

For now, Hanks and Goetzman only have a first-look deal at Universal, meaning that the film is in its nascent stages, to say the least.

It could very well happen though: Universal has successfully brought a number of musicals to the big screen, including the ABBA musical Mamma Mia, and is reportedly in talks right now to do the same with the Wizard of Oz spin-off Wicked.

In related news, Green Day announced a North American summer tour yesterday (March 22). You can see all the dates here.

And, in case you're doubting Green Day's cinematic potential, might we remind you: