Liam Neeson is a man with a very particular set of skills, skills that make him a nightmare for people who don’t want to see a movie co-written by Bono. And Neeson’s not afraid to utilize those skills, as the actor revealed this week that he’s been collaborating with the U2 frontman on a screenplay.
It seems that America’s favorite Irish action star and America’s biggest Irish invader of Itunes privacy talk regularly—or, in Neeson’s specific and unsurprising description, “with [Bono] a lot of the time I just listen”— and they’ve cooked up an idea for a film. Neeson had few details, but the story apparently concerns the world of showbands, 1970s big bands that toured Ireland playing covers of contemporary pop hits. According to Neeson, they’ve been writing the screenplay “for the past six years,” working around Neeson’s day job of ass-kicking and Bono’s being made a Commander of Arts and Letters in France. (He also wrote some songs.)
The film has not been sold yet, so there’s no word on whether or not Neeson intends to play the lead role himself. Presumably, that role calls for a showband star who performs “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” by day, and then literally breaks hearts by night by unloading bullets into them.