Bono & The Edge Are Writing Music for ‘Once’ Director’s New Project

By Shannon Carlin

There’s no word yet on when U2’s new album will be released, but Bono and The Edge are already lining up new projects. Namely, writing music for a new film by Once director, John Carney.

In an interview with Rolling Stone, the director said, the guys “already have been extremely helpful in discussing the musical aspect of the film and what the sound is going to be like.”

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According to Carney, the film, titled Sing Street, will be set in the Eighties. “Obviously U2 were extremely prolific then, so they’ll bring that, and they’ve just been great sounding boards,” he explained. “Bono has been very helpful with character and story as I’ve sort of pitched the project to him over the last few months.”

The film is not based on Bono’s own experiences as a musician, Carney explained, but will show how good of a storyteller the frontman is. “I think that an album is a story, and most people that write albums have some sense of a three act structure,” Carney said. “So he’s been very helpful with how much music he’s done, but also I think he watches movies closely. He’s been helpful with beginning with a strong opening scene and character development. He’s just generally a guy that knows his movies.”

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Carney—whose new film, Begin Again, starring Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo, hits theaters June 27—was also quick to say that Bono and The Edge will not be in the movie, but will most likely write two or three songs for the film.

The duo have written music for films before, most recently “Ordinary Love” from last year’s Nelson Mandela biopic, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, which earned them a Golden Globe award for Best Original Song and an Oscar nod. They ended up losing the Oscar to the writer’s of Frozen’s big hit “Let It Go.”

After the Irish rockers helped Jimmy Fallon kick off his Tonight Show with a performance of “Invisible” at the Top of the Rock in February, it was reported that the band’s new album would be delayed until 2015. But a spokesperson for the band has dispelled that report saying, “U2’s album is planned for this year, is still on track and touring plans haven’t been confirmed yet.”

U2 have been working with Danger Mouse on their follow-up to 2009’s No Line on the Horizon, which they have said will have them returning to their punk rock roots.






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