“Star Wars” helmer J.J. Abrams’ production, Bad Robot is currently in the process of developing a biographical scripted series, centering around a legendary rock band U2. The project is being produced by Netflix and Warner Bros. Television., Variety has confirmed with source.
The untitled U2 scripted series will be written by “The Theory of Everything” and “Bohemian Rhapsody” screenwriter, Anthony McCarten, who is currently working on the Whitney Houston biopic, ”I Wanna Dance With Somebody.” The film still in the early development stage due to their expansive overall deal, but they are expected to be fully involved in the project along with music rights.
Even though, it’s still unclear how much the band could involve in this project, since McCarten is tackling the history of the band with interesting angle, we can expect something as good as “Bohemian Rhapsody.”
One of the world’s best selling band was formed in 1976, the iconic Irish rock band is consists of frontman Bono, lead guitarist Edge, bassist Adam Clayton, and drummer Larry Mullen Jr. They have sold 170 million albums and had some hit songs such as “With or Without You,” “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For,” Beautiful Day,” and “One.” They have also won 22 Grammy Awards out of 46 nominations including Album of the Year, Record of the Year, and Song of the Year.
McCarten is a well-known screenwriter for biopic. He got two Oscar nod in the best adapted screenplay category — once in 2015 for the Stephen Hawking biopic “The Theory of Everything” starring Eddie Redmayne, then in in 2020 for “The Two Popes” starring Anthony Hopkins as Pope Benedict XVI and Jonathan Pryce as Pope Francis.
U2 have been the subject of several film projects, 1988’s “Rattle and Hum,” the 2008 concert film, “U2 3D,” and the 2011 documentary, “From the Sky Down.” Last year, a lead vocal Bono voiced a reclusive lion rock star named Clay Calloway in the animated movie “Sing 2.”