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Green Day Bassist To Produce Indie Drama ‘Crickets’

10 July 2014 11:52 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Mike Dirnt, bassist and founding member of rock band Green Day, has signed on as producer for independent drama Crickets.

The story, focusing on two estranged brothers, one of whom is trying to come to terms with a terminal illness, was co-created by Alfredo Botello, a long-time friend of Dirnt. Botello will script the project, with Dirnt and Green Day’s manager Pat Magnarella producing.

Dirnt has commented on the news, stating:

“I’ve been – and a lot of people have been – affected by illnesses and it’s a very relatable thing…I’m just kind of tired of junk food movies. Here’s something that’s a feel good, feel bad and feel everything movie.”

Botello has furthered these sentiments, commenting on the film’s extensive planning:

“It’s something I’ve been working on a while back. I wanted to write something about the topic of death that »

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Green Day's Mike Dirnt to Produce Indie Film 'Crickets' (Exclusive)

9 July 2014 10:28 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Mike Dirnt is best known as the bassist of popular punk rock group Green Day, but now he's stepping into a new role: movie producer. Photos 20 Best and Worst Music to Movie Crossovers Dirnt, along with Green Day's longtime manager Pat Magnarella, will produce Crickets from a script by Alfredo Botello. The story, by Botello and Jack Umbrella, centers on the relationship of two estranged brothers. One, an aspiring stand-up comic, is dying of a terminal illness. He asks his brother, a depressed office drone, for one last request: to go on stage and perform his material for

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