The documentary, bowing on Nov. 7, will offer access to the rockers and the team behind their current iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE world tour, while also featuring interviews with the band, Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr.
U2’s Nov. 14 performance from the Bercy Arena in Paris will be showcased in the concert special, which includes music from the band’s entire career, starting with the 1980 debut album “Boy” to their most recent “Songs of Innocence.”
“U2 continues to take risks, which has made them one of the most consistently exciting forces in rock ’n’ roll,” HBO president Michael Lombardo said Thursday. “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.”
The doc will uncover the creation of the tour with interviews with Willie Williams, who has conceptualized U2’s tours for more than 30 years; designer Es Devlin; production director Jake Berry; audio director Joe O’Herlihy; exec director Gavin Friday; set designer Ric Lipson; and more creative types who help bring the band’s music to life onstage.
Davis Guggenheim will exec produce and direct the doc along with U2’s manager Guy Oseary. Shannon Dill will serve as producer. The concert special hails from Done and Dusted with exec producers Hamish Hamilton, Simon Pizey, Guggenheim and Oseary. Hamilton, who has worked with U2 on collaborations including “Elevation: Live From Boston,” “U2 Go Home: Live From Slane Castle,” the “Beautiful Day” documentary, and “Vertigo in 2005: Live From Chicago,” will also direct the special.
U2’s iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE world tour kicked off May 14 in Vancouver and runs through November.
The premium cabler also confirmed the rest of its 2015 documentary lineup starting Aug. 3 with “Toe Tag Parole: To Live and Die on Yard A,” directed by Alan and Susan Raymond. The doc takes a look at an experimental prison yard in California that is “free of violence, racial tensions, gang activity and illegal drug and alcohol use.”
On Aug. 17 “Tashi and the Monk” debuts, telling the story of a Himalayan safe haven that rescues orphaned and neglected children. Directed by Andrew Hinton and Johnny Burke, the doc follows a five-year-old girl named Tashi.
“San Francisco 2.0,” directed by Alexandra Pelosi is about the reinvented California city due to an influx of wealth from the tech boom. The doc debuts Sept. 28. Alexandra Shiva’s pic “How to Dance in Ohio,” bowing Oct. 26, follows a group of young people with autism as they prepare for a spring formal dance.
On Nov. 2, “The Diplomat” features interviews with Bill and Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, Madeleine Albright, Henry Kissinger, Al Gore, Diane Sawyer and Samantha Power about the late Richard Holbrooke whose 50-year career is covered by his son, director David Holbrooke. “3 1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets” directed by Marc Silver looks into the case of Jordan Davis and Michael Dunn, featuring interviews with Davis’ parents. The doc corresponds with the third anniversary of the subject’s death, premiering Nov. 23.
Leah Wolshock directs “Very Semi-Serious: A Partially Thorough Portrait of New Yorker Cartoonists,” airing Dec. 7, about the cartoon editor of the Conde Nast pub. Finally, directed by Nick Read, “Bolshoi Babylon” follows Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet in the wake of an acid-attack against creative director Sergei Filin. Simon Chinn and Maxim Pozdarovkin exec produce the doc, which is produced and co-directed by Mark Franchetti and airs Dec. 14.
Seth Kelley contributed to this report.