Once director John Carney will collaborate with U2’s Bono and The Edge on a Dublin-based musical titled Sing Street, The Weinstein Company announced today.
Carney wrote and will direct the film, based on his own rough-and-tumble childhood. “It’s kind of a memoir of my days in school and a school-band back in the ’80s in Dublin,” Carney told EW earlier this year. “A very rough, yellowing, coming-of-age diary entry of what my life was as a kid in the band.”
Bono and The Edge will write songs and contribute to other musical elements of the film, which is about a kid named Cosmo who is forced by the depressed economy to leave his posh private school. After moving to a tough inner-city public school, music becomes his outlet and salvation as he forms a band, shoots music videos, and falls in love with a beautiful girl.
Carney was an early member of The Frames, an Irish band founded by Once star Glen Hansard in 1990. Carney’s most recent film, Begin Again, which stars Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo, opens on June 27.