One of Hollywood's hottest directors has confirmed he is bringing the story of Ireland's biggest rock band, U2, to the small screen.

JJ Abrams - who has directed some of the biggest blockbusters of recent years in the Star Wars, Star Trek and Mission Impossible franchises - confirmed to RTÉ that he was working on bringing the U2 story to streaming giant Netflix.

He said he was "very excited" to be involved in the project.

It was reported earlier this month that Abrams' Bad Robot Productions had teamed up with the streaming giant for the series, which was described as being "in the early development stages".

The Edge and Bono of U2

The planned show will reportedly be written by Anthony McCarten, the writer of the Freddie Mercury/Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody and the upcoming Whitney Houston biopic I Wanna Dance with Somebody.

Abrams was MC at the Oscar Wilde Awards on Thursday night, an annual Oscars event honouring the contribution Ireland makes to the film, television and music industries.

The Irish are well represented in the nominations for this year's Academy Awards, with Kenneth Branagh's film Belfast nominated in seven categories, including Best Film, Best Screenplay and Best Director for Branagh.

Branagh was due to collect an Oscar Wilde award but was unable to make it to the Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles because of a Covid outbreak.