Netflix has ordered a drama series based on U2’s origins starring JJ Abrams

A series from streaming giant Netflix is ​​in the early stages of development about Dublin-based group U2.

Netflix is ​​working with production company JJ Abrams Bad Robot on the drama series, with Bohemian Rhapsody Oscar-nominated screenwriter Anthony McCarten penning the scripts, according to THR.


Still one of the biggest bands in the world, U2 is made up of Bono, The Edge, Larry Mullen and Adam Clayton.

The group was formed in 1976 and released 14 studio albums, selling 170 million records. They also hold the record for Grammy wins – a staggering 22.

While there has been little word on the band’s involvement so far, they are expected to sanction the show and allow Abrams and Netflix to use U2’s catalog of classic tracks.


Music biopics are all the rage right now with Bohemian Rhapsody winning a bunch of awards, Elton John’s biopic Rocketman doing a stellar box office with an Elvis movie also on the way.

McCarten is an expert at bringing real-life characters to the big screen, having also written The Theory of Everything and The Darkest Hour. Her latest is I Wanna Dance with Somebody, a film about the life of Whitney Houston which is currently in post-production.

This is more good news for the Irish production industry which has flourished for the past 18 or so months.

Go forward

This one should go relatively fast in terms of casting for the group and finding filmmakers to direct the episodes. With Irish directors like Aoife McArdle currently on the rise in Hollywood, there should be no problem finding local talent to step behind the lens.