U2 will soon be represented on the small screen as JJ Abrams confirms that he is developing a “drama series” with streaming giant Netflix.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Netflix is working with award-winning director and producer Abrams and his production company Bad Robot to develop a scripted series about the Irish band. While specific plot details are unknown and a title has yet to be announced, the band is expected to be involved and sanction the project.
Abrams has put his talents behind several blockbuster hits in recent years, including Star Trek, Star Wars, Mission Impossible and Lost.
Abrams confirmed to BBC Radio 5 on Thursday that he was making a “drama series” about the band. “The story is actually spectacular behind the band, so when you get to know the story, it’s so clear [one] which has powerful resonance and cinematic potential. So, I’m just thrilled about that.
How will he approach the casting of Bono? “That’s a great question. We’ll have to see, but I think that’ll be part of the fun.
Asked what period of U2’s more than four-decade career the show would cover, Abrams said “it’s too early to talk about specifics”.
“We’re pretty early in the show where it ends and where it goes is something we’re discussing, but right now we have a pretty fantastic destination in mind.”
Oscar-nominated writer Anthony McCarten is also said to have been on board the project.
Formed in 1976, U2 are one of Dublin’s most successful rock bands. Band members Bono (Paul David Hewson), The Edge (David Howell Evans), Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr rose to worldwide fame in the 1980s and have toured the world with their music ever since. Classic albums include The Unforgettable Fire, The Joshua Tree, Achtung Baby and All That You Can’t Leave Behind.
Last week, Bono received mixed reviews online after US Congresswoman and Speaker of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi celebrated St. Patrick’s Day by reading a poem written by the U2 frontman. Needless to say, although Pelosi and his colleagues seemed to enjoy the poem, its literary style was not much appreciated in Ireland.