Weekly survey: Is it time for U2 to get the biopic treatment?

News from The Hollywood Reporter last week says that JJ Abrams’ Bad Robot production company has committed to a scripted biopic series about U2. Warner Brothers Television is involved and will be written by Anthony McCarten. He also wrote Bohemian Rhapsody and The Theory of Everything, the biopic based on the life of Stephen Hawking.

There’s no question that U2 has a rich history; they first came together in 1976 and the last lineup change was in 1978. They fought their way to the top as the best band in the world, selling close to 200 million records and setting a couple of records for concert tickets sold. So, a lot of source material then.

Will this be a bio? An origin story? A behind-the-scenes tell-all? No clue. There’s also no word on casting, production dates, or its debut on Netflix.

However, we can ask if this is the right time to embark on such a project. What do you think?

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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