Star Wars and Star Trek director J.J. Abrams is reportedly developing a scripted series about U2 for Netflix.
Bohemian Rhapsody screenwriter Anthony McCarten is writing the show and members of U2 are “expected to be involved,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Plot details for the show have yet to be revealed. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions, Warner Bros. and Netflix all declined to elaborate on the report.
McCarten’s involvement alone suggests the series will be rooted in the band’s biography. He has twice been nominated for Academy Awards for his writing on biopic films, including 2014’s Stephen Hawking film The Theory of Everything and 2019’s The Two Popes. McCarten also wrote the screenplay for the 2017 Winston Churchill biopic Darkest Hour, which earned star Gary Oldman an Oscar for Best Actor.
U2 formed in Dublin in 1976 while the four band members were still teenagers. Four years later, the group released its first album and began growing into one of the biggest rock bands in history.
U2’s last album, Songs of Experience, arrived in 2017. The band’s most recent world tour, celebrating the 30th anniversary of The Joshua Tree, wrapped up in late-2019.
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