JJ Abrams is producing an untitled U2 biographical series on Netflix
“I still haven’t found what I was looking for,” but it might be close. The Hollywood Reporter shared that Netflix is partnering with Bad Robot, JJ Abrams’ production company, to develop a biographical series about Irish post-punk rock band U2.
U2 was formed in 1976 with leader bonolead guitarist Edgebass player Adam Claytonand drummer Larry Mullen Jr. in Dublin, Ireland. The group will release 14 studio albums, starting with the 1980s Boy and the release of their latest album as recently as 2017 with Experience songs. The band are often remembered for their political statements, most notably with their third album, War, which featured songs like “Sunday Bloody Sunday” and “New Year’s Day”. The band is also known for the spiritual imagery they include in their lyrics, which can best be seen on their album. Joshua tree with songs like “In God’s Country” and “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For”.
Not much is known about the currently untitled show, as it is still in the early stages of development, but U2 are believed to be involved to some degree. What we do know about the series is that it will be written by a three-time Oscar-nominated writer Anthony McCarten. McCarten is no stranger to the biopic. His three Oscar nominations come from writing films in the genre. He was nominated for The theory of everythingon stephen hawking, darkest houron Winston Churchilland The two popeson the relationship between Pope Benedict XVI and the future Pope Francis. It also won’t be his first foray into biopics about the musicians he’s already written. Bohemian Rhapsody, Freddie Mercury and Queen.
News of a U2 series isn’t entirely surprising, as the musician biopic genre has picked up a lot of steam recently. Following the success of films like Bohemian Rhapsody and by Elton John Rocketman, more and more have been announced for iconic musicians from various genres. This year will see the release of by Baz Luhrmann Elvis, a Madonna the film is currently being cast, and a Bob Marley the film is also on the way. Same Weird Al get one! The only really surprising thing is that U2 is getting an entire series instead of a movie, but with a career spanning over forty years, that makes sense.
This series is added to an ever-growing lineup of programming with Abrams’ name attached. He is currently working with DC on both a Justice League Dark franchise and a new Batman animated series. It also produces a new Stephen King adaptation, a new film set in the Cloverfield universe, and many more. Man is nothing if not busy.
Stay tuned to Collider for any further updates on this series.
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