Frank Maddocks

Green Day's seminal rock album American Idiot now has the go-ahead from HBO to be made into a movie. There have been rumors about the project circling for years (including one in 2011 claiming Tom Hanks was producing it), but Billie Joe Armstrong has now confirmed the news to NME.

"That’s the plan right now, yeah," the frontman revealed. "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."

There's no word of when it will go in development, but the movie will follow the 2010 Broadway musical adaptation. American Idiot, the politically driven LP released in 2004, features singles "American Idiot," "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," "Holiday," "Wake Me Up When September Ends" and "Jesus of Suburbia." It went on to win the Grammy Award for Best Rock Album the following year.

Along with the movie, Billie Joe Armstrong will make his big screen debut in Ordinary World (out Oct. 14). Keep the throwback spirit going by watching this 2004 Fuse interview with Green Day, where the band discusses American Idiot: