EXCLUSIVE: Theater veterans Michael Mayer and Stephen Karam have signed with WME. Mayer received a Tony Award for his direction of Spring Awakening and was nominated for his work on Thoroughly Modern Millie. Karam is best known for writing Sons Of The Prophet, which was a finalist for the 2012 Pulitzer Prize, and won Drama Critics Circle, Outer Critics Circle, Lucille Lortel and Hull-Warriner awards for Best Play. The pair come from CAA, as the one-upsmanship continues between Hollywood’s two top talent agencies. Now the competition seems to be spreading to New York, where things aren’t nearly as rabid.
EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures is negotiating to turn the Green Day-fueled Broadway musical American Idiot into a feature film. Dustin Lance Black, the Oscar-winning Milk scribe, is in talks to write the script, and Michael Mayer will direct. Mayer helmed the stage run of the musical, which is closing on Broadway April 24 and launching a tour in the fall. Black most recently scripted J. Edgar, the Clint Eastwood film that stars Leonardo DiCaprio as J. Edgar Hoover.
The musical, which uses the songs of the punk band’s seminal 2004 album to tell the coming-of-age story of three small-town guys, was optioned before its opening last spring by Playtone partners Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman. They previously turned the stage hit Mamma Mia! into a Universal film. It is expected that Green Day lead singer/songwriter Billie Joe Armstrong will be courted to play the role of the drug dealer St. Jimmy. Each time he did a stint in the role on Broadway, the grosses rose considerably at the St. James Theatre. The band was actively involved in the formation of the musical.