Discussions about a movie version have been reported since 2009, with interest from producers Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman. Rumors surfaced again in 1/2011 at a public discussion hosted by the New York Times. Michael Mayer and Billie Joe Armstrong talked about possibly collaborating on a film version. Armstrong stated that he and his bandmates had always imagined the album as the basis for a film. In June 2011, Tom Hanks' company Playtone Productions would release the film in 2013.