Bono's "Million Dollar" Film Gets U.S. Release

"The Million Dollar Hotel," a film directed by Wim Wenders from a story by U2 frontman Bono, appears to be finally headed to American screens -- but it won't arrive until several months after the band issues its new studio album.

The flick, which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in February and won a Silver Berlin Bear award for outstanding achievement (see "Bono Talks 'Million Dollar' Film, Album"), has been picked up for distribution in the U.S. by Lions Gate Films, which plans to release it in February, according to "The Hollywood Reporter."

"The Million Dollar Hotel" stars Mel Gibson, Milla Jovovich, Jeremy Davies, Tim Roth, and Amanda Plummer and tells the story of a group of people living at a run-down Los Angeles apartment building -- known to locals as the "Million Dollar Hotel" -- who are investigated by the FBI after the mysterious death of one of the residents.

In addition to Germany,

the picture has also been released in Italy, France, Brazil, Portugal, Israel, and the U.K.

Bono and his bandmates, along with producer-musician Daniel Lanois, contributed several new songs to the movie's soundtrack, which was issued via Interscope Records in March (see "U2 Pens New Songs For 'The Million Dollar Hotel' Soundtrack").

In related U2 news, the Irish rockers and director Jonas Akerlund have just completed shooting the video for "Beautiful Day" (see "U2 Taps Akerlund For 'Beautiful' Video"), the first single from its upcoming album, which is due out on October 31.

According to a statement on the band's official Web site at www.u2.com, much of the "Beautiful Day" video was shot in Paris at a new building in the Charles De Gaulle airport designed by French architect Paul Andreu.