If you dander past Little Donegall Street in Belfast over the next few days and wonder if you have stepped back in time, don’t fret, it’s not the 1980s — despite the obvious reference.
Yesterday passers-by were intrigued by the appearance of a massive poster advertising the release of arguably U2’s greatest album, The Joshua Tree.I Was Bono’s Doppelganger tells the story of McCormick and his brother Ivan’s attempt to forge a career in the music industry during the 1970s. But the pair fail to find success, while Bono and Co went on to achieve superstar status.
The €3million film, which is funded by Northern Ireland Screen with help from Invest NI, is being directed by Nick Hamm, and stars Ben Barnes, Robert Sheehan, Pete Postlethwaite and Krysten Ritter.
Speaking to Hot Press writer Olaf Tyaransen, Nick Hamm – whose previous credits include The Hole (the acclaimed 2001 psychological thriller, which featured Keira Knightley) explained: “We’ve been shooting for just over four weeks now and it’s gone incredibly well. We expect to wrap on February 19th.”
A lifelong U2 fan, Hamm snapped up the movie rights to ‘I Was Bono’s Doppleganger’ as soon as the book came out. McCormick went to Mount Temple Comprehensive with U2 and the book tells the story of McCormick’s own ultimately fruitless pursuit of rock stardom, contrasting it with the stratospheric success of his famous friends.
LionsGate has announced a change to its release schedule, moving the Nicolas Cage supernatural thriller Season of the Witch away from its original March 19th start date. At this time, the film has not been given a new slot on their release calendar. Reasons for the move were quite obvious, as March 19th has become a crowded weekend with such anticipated films as the musical biopic The Runaways, the adaptation of Jeff Kinney’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid, Universal’s Repo Men, and the Jennifer Aniston action comedy The Bounty Hunter all vying for that top spot at the box office.