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20th Mar 2022

A Netflix series about U2 is in the works

Hugh Carr

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From the writer behind Bohemian Rhapsody and executive produced by J.J Abrams, no less.

Scrolling through Netflix, and you still haven’t found what you’re looking for?

Well, today’s news could make this a beautiful day for you if you’re looking for a new music biography.

A series diving into the history of U2 is in early development, and set to release on Netflix in the next coming years.

The Hollywood Reporter has said that J.J Abrams (Lost,  Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Fringe) is executive producer on the new series, through his production company Bad Robot.

Oscar nominated writer Anthony McCarten has been chosen to pen the script, following the hugely successful Bohemian Rhapsody, a biographical drama telling the story of the rise of Queen.

It’s yet unknown whether the show will be made with or without U2, but it’s expected that they will be overlooking the project in some capacity.

The series could come out in time for 2026, the 50th anniversary of the band’s formation in 1976.

While the band have written songs for film and television before, this will be the first fictionalised account of their history.

The closest to a dramatic retelling of the band’s origins is in the book-turned-film Killing Bono, which looked at U2’s rise from the perspective of one of Bono’s classmates.

There have also been several documentaries and concert films made about the band, most notably 1988’s Rattle and Hum.

Bono recently released a new song dedicated to Charlie Bird ahead of his Climb With Charlie campaign.

’This is an outstanding gesture. I am overjoyed and could not believe the message that I received from Bono,” the veteran broadcaster said in a statement.

“He has been hugely supportive of the Climb With Charlie campaign, which aims to raise funds for two amazing charities, the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association and Pieta.’’

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