J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot Productions are reportedly developing a scripted series about the band.
J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot Productions are believed to be working on a scripted Netflix series about U2, according to reports from numerous sources including The Hollywood Reporter, Variety, and Deadline.
The show will reportedly be written by Anthony McCarten, who penned the screenplay for the Oscar-nominated Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, U2 are “expected to be involved in and sanction the project.”
Reps for Netflix, Warners and Bad Robot have all so far declined comment.
News of the possible U2 series arrives at a time when music-themed biopics have seen a resurgence in popularity following the likes of McCarten’s Bohemian Rhapsody, 2019’s Elton John themed Rocketman and the upcoming Elvis Presley feature starring Austin Butler. Reports say a search is currently underway for an actress to star as pop icon Madonna in a biopic that Madonna is co-writing and directing. A Bob Marley biopic is also said to be in the pipeline.
The closest to a dramatic retelling of the band’s origins to date is in the book-turned-film Killing Bono, which looked at U2’s rise from the perspective of one of Bono’s classmates.
Plot details are currently unknown. As such, it’s unclear exactly what part of U2’s history the series will chronicle or if it will follow everything from the beginning to the present day.
We’ll be keeping an eye on this as things develop.
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JJ Abrams – who has directed some of the biggest blockbusters of recent years in the Star Wars, Star Trek and Mission Impossible franchises – confirmed recently to RTÉ that he was working on bringing the U2 story to streaming giant Netflix.
He said he was “very excited” to be involved in the project.