Killing Bono, About a Band Overshadowed by U2, Begins Filming
by Ethan Anderton
January 5, 2010
Some moments in history that define our future are as epic as a World War while others may only shape a certain sect of culture. One such moment is the focus of Killing Bono, an adaptation of the book of the same name, whose author recounts his time spent in school with the members of super-group U2 including frontman Bono (aka Paul Hewson) as he rose to rock colossus and world dignitary. Less a biopic about Bono and U2, the story focuses on author Neil McCormick's feverish 10 year quest to emulate Bono's success in a series of different bands. Sounds like McCormick was "Stuck in a Moment That You Can't Get Out Of"!
The Belfast Telegraph says the film is already shooting with Nick Hamm directing from a Dick Clement & Ian La Frenais written script. And obviously since the film is already shooting, we've got some casting bits for you, too. Ben Barnes (seen above), the royal warrior from The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian is leading the cast along with Krysten Ritter (of AMC's "Breaking Bad"), Robert Sheehan (Season of the Witch), Charlie Cox (Stardust) and Jason Byrne. The film just started shooting and the book's logline gives us a sense of the attitude in driving for success: "Some are born great. Some achieve greatness. Some have greatness thrust upon them. And some have the misfortune to go to school with Bono." Sounds fun.
Just from the logline alone it seems like the this should be quite a funny and rock-filled jaunt into musical history. However, I wonder just how cooperative U2 will be to provide music (if necessary) for the film. Of course if Bono is cool with Bruno saying that he's got AIDS and then appearing in the Dove of Peace video, then I think they've got a decent enough sense of humor about themselves to let anything fly. So stay tuned!