More devastating than a potato famine, the U2 biopic Killing Bono is set to start filming mid-month in Ireland. It tells the tale of U2’s rise to fame from their early start. You know, back when they actually made real music. I’ve grown to loathe U2 with a seething hatred you can only find in ol’ backwoods racists. I can’t stand Bono and his faux activism and his keening wails over increasing electronica. As far as I’m concerned, if their plane crashed into the ocean after War and The Joshua Tree, the world would have been the better for it.
But this biopic actually sounds promising, based on Neil McCormack’s biography Killing Bono: I Was Bono’s Doppelganger. McCormack and his brother were classmates with Edge and Bono, attempting to start a high school jam band but with decidedly less iPod commercial results. The script comes from Ian La Frenais and Dick Clement who, while more recently responsible for Flushed Away and The Bank Job, were also the minds behind The Commitments. Nick Hamm’s directing (The Hole, Godsend), which is a weird choice, unless their planning doing my dream pic and atmospherically murdering the lads before they can subject us to their recent catalog. They’re filling the cast with every 20-year-old Brit with long hair, including Charlie Cox (Tristan from Stardust) and Ben Barnes (Caspian from the second Narnia flick), who’ll be starring as McCormack. Barnes was simply dreadful in Easy Virtue, so I’m a little concerned on that front.
If any of our Eire-jibans want to be extras in the flick, send an email to [email protected] Just see if you can wear a Godtopus t-shirt and tell them it’s from Sigmund and the Sea Monsters.
(Source: The Playlist)