Paramount Int'l gets U.K., Irish rights to 'Bono'

Nick Hamm's 'very commercial' comedy stars Ben Barnes

LONDON -- Paramount Pictures International has snapped up U.K. and Irish rights to Nick Hamm's Irish comedy "Killing Bono," starring Ben Barnes, for sales and finance banner The Salt Company.

Based on journalist Neil McCormick's autobiography, the movie stars Barnes and Robert Sheehan as hapless brothers Neil and Ivan McCormick who set up a band in Dublin in the late '70s. Sadly for them, so did their classmates and rivals, who go on to become U2.

PPI president Andrew Cripps described the script as "very commercial" and "well written, funny and highly entertaining."

Krysten Ritter, Peter Serafinowicz, Stanley Townsend, Ralph Brown, Luke Treadaway and Pete Postlethwaite round out the cast.

The film was shot on location in Northern Ireland with additional photography in Dublin and London. Producers are Ian Flooks for Wasted Talent, Hamm for Greenroom Entertainment, Mark Huffam for Generator Entertainment and Piers Tempest for Salt.

Script is written by Dick Clement & Ian La Frenais and Simon Maxwell.

The film is backed by Isotope Films, Matador Pictures, Cinema Three, Regent Capital, Molinare, Silver Reel, Sony Music Entertainment U.K. -- which will release the soundtrack worldwide -- and Northern Ireland Screen.