Berlin: John Carney, U2 Teaming for 'Sing Street'

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From left: John Carney, Bono and The Edge

FilmNation is shopping the new film project to foreign distributors at the European Film Market.

John Carney, the Irish writer-director behind international hit Once and the upcoming Can a Song Save Your Life?, is teaming with U2's Bono and The Edge to make Sing Street, a semi-biographical tale inspired by the filmmaker's love of music.

The project was announced in Berlin, where FilmNation is shopping it to foreign distributors.

Sing Street, set to begin production in Dublin this summer, tells the story of 14-year-old Cosmo, a kid growing up in 1980s Dublin who is intent on breaking free from his screwed-up home life.

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He writes a song, forms a scrappy band with some schoolmates, writes more songs, and shoots some wicked music videos. When he realizes he can't save his family, he runs off with his 15-year-old wannabe model girlfriend to London.

Bono and The Edge, who have longtime ties to Carney, will be involved in the film’s music, as well as the film itself.

Anthony Bregman and Carney are producing in partnership with Kevin Frakes, Raj Brinder SinghPaul Trijbits and Christian Grass. WME is representing U.S. rights.