The long-awaited Bee Gees biopic will be directed by actor/director Kenneth Branagh via Paramount Pictures. Surviving Bee Gee Barry Gibb, “is very involved in the narrative film, and will be executive producer.” Noted screenwriter Ben Elton is writing “the current draft of the script.” There's been no release date announced for the still-untitled film.
Deadline reported, “Paramount got life rights to the Gibb family estate, and the rights to use their classic songs in a movie that could very well follow the template of the Best Picture-nominated blockbuster Bohemian Rhapsody, because the songs are so well crafted, with exhilarating falsettos.”
Shortly before his 2012 death, Robin Gibb shed light on the group's beginnings: “Well, we started writing songs when we were eight-years-old and started natural harmonies. Nobody ever taught us anything, so we did it out of fun — for nothing else. We started in Manchester just copying what we heard on the radio and imagining what their new single would be like and as young as eight or nine we were actually imagining and composing music.” (OC: 15 . . . and composing music)