Rumour: U2 Biopic Series at Netflix
Original Story by Aaron J. Sams (2022-03-18)
Variety today reported that U2 are the subject of a new series that is in early development at Netflix. We can share a few additional details from our own sources.
The Variety article states:
A scripted series about legendary rock band U2 is in early development at Netflix, Variety has confirmed with sources. JJ Abrams is attached to executive produce the project under his Bad Robot banner, with “Bohemian Rhapsody” writer Anthony McCarten onboard to write the script. Warner Bros. Television, where Bad Robot is currently under an expansive overall deal, will produce. It is unclear at this time exactly how involved U2 would be in the project. Exact plot details for the show are currently under wraps, but given McCarten’s involvement it seems logical to assume that the show would delve into the history of the band.
The U2 show is not expected to air on the streaming service anytime soon, and is indeed a few years away. It is being developed to fill a programming gap on the streaming service when The Crown is finished. It may follow a similar timeline development of that series as well, with each season devoted to roughly a decade of time in U2’s lives. The first season will take them from forming a band, up until the recording of The Joshua Tree, covering the Innocence period. The second series will deal with The Joshua Tree and take the band into the 1990s, or their Experience period. A third season would see them releasing Pop and following the band through the successes of How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb. At this time three seasons are being developed, although the contracts leave the option open to expand to additional seasons later.
Each season is expected to cast new actors for main roles in the show as The Crown has for main characters. It’s likely you’ll see different actors playing a young Bono vs an older Bono as the show progresses. The show is expected to be broken into 10 hour seasons, and episodes may vary in length.
JJ Abrams is the executive producer of the project and is working with writer Anthony McCarten on scripts. U2 is involved in the project, and will be consulting on the project.McCarten is the writer of the recent Bohemian Rhapsody movie, looking at the history of Queen.
The Crown is currently set to have two more seasons, so it may be 2024 before we see this series appear at Netflix.