U2 Biopic in the Works at Netflix: What to Know

by Samantha Whidden
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Get excited, U2 fans! A biopic for the legendary rock band is currently in the works through streaming series Netlfix. Here is what everyone needs to know.

According to Deadline, the upcoming U2 biopic will be J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot Productions as well as Warners Bros. TV. Screenwriter Anthony McCarten, who is known for his work on the Freddy Mercury biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, has been reportedly been attached to the project. Along with Bohemian Rhapsody, McCarten also received Oscar nominations for his screenplays for The Two Popes, Darkest Hour, and The Theory of Everything. 

However, more details about the project are still under wraps currently. With Netflix and Bad Robot declining to comment. 

U2 was originally formed in Dublin in 1976 as the group Feedback. They eventually changed to The Hype for one year before deciding on U2. The bandmates are Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr. Their first album, Boy, was released in 1980. They have produced 14 albums during the past 40 years. The group has sold more than 170 million albums and have also won 22 Grammy Awards. 

U2 Singer Bono Admits He Is ‘So Embarrassed’ by the Iconic Group’s Music 

Right at the start of 2022, U2 lead singer Bono shared his thoughts with Vanity Fair about the rock group’s music throughout the years. He even went as far as admitting he is embossed by the majority of the music the group has produced. 

“I’ve been in the car when one of the songs has come on the radio,” the U2 bandmate recalled. “And I’ve been the color of, as we say in Dublin, scarlet. I’m just so embarrassed.”

However, the U2 singer also revealed there is one single that he definitely doesn’t mind from the group. “The one [single] that I can listen to the most is Miss Sarajevo with Luciano Pavarotti. Genuine. Most of the other ones make me cringe a little bit.”

Bono then shared that he is probably the proudest of the single Vertigo. He did declare that was also seriously against the band’s name when they first came up with it decades ago. Luckily, the group’s first manager, Paul McGuinness, convinced the lead singer to keep it. He said it was great and also instead that it would “look good” on a t-shirt, a letter, and a number. 

“In our head, it was like the spy plane, U-boat,” the U2 singer explained. “It was futuristic… It turned out to imply this kind of acquiescence. No, I don’t like that name. I still don’t really like the name. I do think U2 pushes out the boat on embarrassment quite a bit. And maybe that’s the place to be as an artist. You know, right at the end of your level of embarrassment.”