“Sing Street” is an autobiographical project for Carney, who plans to start production this summer in Dublin.
Set in Dublin in the ’80s, the story follows a teenager struggling with problems both at home and school. To deal with the pain, he writes songs, forms a band and shoots music videos paid for with illicit means. Hoping to start a new life, he sets out to run away to London with his girlfriend.
Bono’s participation has been brewing for several months, and it’s possible he could appear in the film as well as contribute to the soundtrack, according to one insider with knowledge of the singer’s involvement.
Anthony Bregman is producing through his Likely Story banner with Carney and his Distressed Films. PalmStar Media’s Kevin Frakes and Merced Media Partners’ Raj Brinder Singh are also involved, as are Paul Trijbits and Christian Grass of FilmWave.
FilmNation Entertainment will be selling international rights in Berlin, and WME is handling domestic rights.
Carney’s last film, “Can a Song Save Your Life?,” landed the biggest sale of the Toronto International Film Festival last year, and will hit theaters this year courtesy of the Weinstein Company, which will almost surely campaign on behalf of stars Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley.