The one positive outcome of the success of “Glee” is that it has made American audiences more aware of musicals. Over the last several months there have been numerous reports of Broadway shows getting planned Hollywood adaptations including Gypsy, Annie, Les Miserables, and Rock of Ages. Today we hear of one more.
Deadline reports that Oscar winning Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black will be adapting the 2010 Broadway blockbuster American Idiot for the big screen. This will be Black’s fourth film since Milk after 2010’s What’s Wrong With Virginia and 2011’s upcoming J. Edgar. Tony winning Broadway director Michael Mayer will direct the film version. Mayer’s Broadway credits include such distinguished musicals as You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Spring Awakening for which he won a Best Director Tony. Universal Pictures will produce.
American Idiot is based on the album of the same name from the rock band Green Day. The story is archetypal Broadway stuff centering on Johnny, a youth who abandons the stronghold of suburban mendacity and ventures on a search for truth. It opened on Broadway in April of 2010 and went on to become one of the highest grossing musicals of the year. It was also nominated for three Tony Awards including Best Musical and won awards for Lighting Design and Scenic Design.
This is the third announced musical that is forthcoming from Universal Pictures after the earlier announced Les Miserables to be directed by Tom Hooper and Wicked, which has been in development for some time.
What do you think? Is the new surplus of movie musicals a good thing?