Normal People director Lenny Abrahamson has denied a newspaper report claiming he is planning to make a biopic about the childhood of U2 front man Bono.

The filmmaker, who also made What Richard Did, Adam and Paul, and was Oscar-nominated for Room in 2016, dismissed a Sunday World story which said he intends to film an origins story about the rock star's upbringing on the north side of Dublin, focusing on the early relationships he formed with bandmates Larry, Adam and The Edge.

In a tweet on Wednesday, Abrahamson said, "Not sure where this came from but it's the first I heard of it. I've never even considered doing anything remotely like this. Not a thing, as the young people say."

The newspaper also quoted a source as saying there was already "major International interest" in the project and that any possible movie about Bono has "blockbuster written all over it".

U2's early years has already been turned into a movie. In 2011, the musical comedy Killing Bono, starring Ben Barnes and Robert Sheehan and based on the U2 singer’s schoolmate Neil McCormick’s book Killing Bono: I Was Bono's Doppelgänger, was released to lukewarm reviews.

Rumours of a biopic about Bono and U2 follows the success of music movies Bohemian Rhapsody, which looked at the career of Queen, and Elton John film Rocket Man, and the upcoming David Bowie movie, Stardust, which will see Johnny Flynn in the lead role.

In an interview last year, U2’s bassist Adam Clayton said that the band would not be averse to a movie about their lives.

Asked by DJ Chris Moyles how long it would be before the band got their own movie, Clayton said, "Let's say we're open to offers".