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Irish Times : Bono sets his sights on celluloid

samedi 19 mars 1994

Source : Irish Times

From The Irish Times :

March 19, 1994

Bono sets his sights on celluloidBy ROBERT O’BYRNE

Former Horslips member, turned scriptwriter/ director, Barry Devlin isn’t the only Irish musician who has decided to turn his attention to film. The latest recruit to the country’s burgeoning industry isBono who, not content with becoming an hotelier last year, has now produced his first screenplay.The work was a long time in gestation, having begun in 1988 when U2 spent time in California. "Iwas living up in the hills in Los Angeles, but actually could be found most of the time downtown,where there was an hotel called the Roslyn Million Dollar Hotel," says Bono.

Thus the title of the screenplay, The Million Dollar Hotel, which was co-written by Bono’s old palNicholas Klein. It seems to be something of a 1990s version of that 1930s classic, Grand Hotel. "Iwent away and absentee landlorded it for the past three years," says the singer, who only found time to return to the project since the band’s worldwide touring commitments ended late last year.

In January, he was back in Los Angeles with U2 manager Paul McGuinness, showing the script to potentially interested parties. Then, last weekend, German film director Wim Wenders was Bonoand Ali Hewson’s house guest in Dalkey. U2 have written music for two of Mr Wenders’s films,Far A way So Close and Until the End, and the band’s recent video for Stay was directed byMr Wenders, so they already have a strong working relationship. According to Bono, "Wim is veryinterested", which could mean that The Alillion Dollar Hotel will soon be made into a multi-million dollar film.

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