Well, movie musicals are the thing right now, so of course it was no surprise when Green Day album turned Broadway musical was announced to be heading to the silver screen. Well, today we find out that the frontman for Green Day, Billie Joe Armstrong, who made two limited engagement appearances during the show’s run on Broadway will also be starring as the sinister St. Jimmy. It has also been announce that the Michael Mayer directed film, who also directed the stage version, will be released hopefully in 2013.
“Mamma Mia! proved that if the musical is right, obviously it can go into the stratosphere, as far as box office gross. We’re always looking for musicals,” said Playtone’s Gary Goetzman, a partner with Tom Hanks in the film’s production company Playtone, during an interview with the Hollywood Reporter. “If we can do that, it’d be a genre that’s as respected as any produced by the studios. Maybe there will be three musicals a year, maybe five. I think that’s important otherwise we’d just have this tentpole mentality where if it’s not based on a comic book or cost $200 million, you’re stacked in like pillars. We need all these genres to be respected and we need the studios not to be afraid of them,” he said.