Davis Guggenheim to helm U2 doc for HBO

The film, which follows the iconic Irish band during its current world tour, will debut on the premium pay-TV service on November 7.
July 30, 2015

Davis Guggenheim - director of An Inconvenient Truth, Waiting for Superman, and the upcoming He Named Me Malala – is directing and producing a documentary following iconic Irish band U2 on its current world tour for HBO.

The doc, set to debut on November 7, will be followed on the premium pay-TV service and its HBO Go and HBO Now platforms by a concert special on November 14, hailing from the band’s upcoming performance at Paris’s Bercy Arena.

Guggenheim previously worked with the band on a 2011 project, From the Sky Down, which focused on the creation of the band’s landmark album Achtung Baby and opened the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. U2 guitarist The Edge also figures in Guggenheim’s guitar-centric doc It Might Get Loud.

The upcoming, as-yet-untitled documentary will feature interviews with all of the band members as well as those working behind the scenes on the current Innocence and Experience world tour, which began in May in Vancouver and wraps in November. The tour was almost sidelined by a serious injury sustained by lead singer Bono while riding a bike in New York’s Central Park. Also, longtime U2 tour manager Dennis Sheehan died in the early stages of the tour, just prior to the band’s five-night residency in Los Angeles.

“U2 continues to take risks, which has made them one of the most consistently exciting forces in rock’n’roll,” said HBO Programming president Michael Lombardo in a statement. “The one-two combination of this documentary special, followed by the concert, will provide viewers with the ultimate look at this remarkable band behind the scenes and on the stage.”

(Photo credit: Sam Jones/HBO)

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