Saturday, June 15, 2024

U2 Will Collaborate with “Once” Director For New Film Set in Dublin


Great news: U2 is set to collaborate with “Once” director John Carney on a new film set in Dublin. “Sing Street” will shoot this summer in Dublin. Carney not only wrote and directed “Once,” which became a hit Broadway musical. He has a new wonderful film coming from The Weinstein Company maybe this summer. “Can a Song Save Your Life?” is a New York-set version of “Once” with terrific music from Gregg Alexander and Danielle Brisebois from New Radicals.

The new film is described as  “semi-autobiographical, inspired by John’s life and love for music, tells the story of 14-year-old “Cosmo”, a kid growing up in 80’s Dublin. Cosmo must break free of a home strained by his parents’ relationship and money troubles, deal with his drop-out older brother’s antics, and survive a new public school where the kids are rough and the brothers are tougher. So he writes a song, forms a scrappy band with some school mates, writes more songs, and shoots some wicked music videos.  How to shoot pop videos in a recession ridden country? Beg, borrow and steal. And steal. But when he realizes he can’t save his family, he must make a family of his own. What better way than to start than to run away with 15-year-old wannabe model girlfriend across the sea to London, the Emerald city, where their shared dreams might, or might not come true.”

It’s unclear whether U2 will supply new songs or old ones, or songs from their latest album which is due this spring.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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