Bee Gees Biopic Gets ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Producer
Add the Bee Gees to the list of musicians whose lives will be portrayed on the silver screen. A biopic about the band is reportedly in the earliest stages of development, and the producer of Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody is apparently involved.
Paramount Pictures negotiated with the Gibb estate for rights to their story and music, according to Deadline. Paramount is partnering with Sister, a new company launched last month by industry veterans Elisabeth Murdoch, Stacey Snider and Jane Featherstone.
Producer Graham King helped Bohemian Rhapsody to a gross of $903 million, as the film earned four Oscar nominations. Paramount also gave us the blockbuster Elton John biopic Rocketman, which took in $195 million globally.
Deadline says no other information has been confirmed about the Bee Gees-related project beyond its existence. Without a writer onboard, it's not yet known which aspect of their career would be highlighted.
The Bee Gees started in Australia in the mid-'60s, rising to initial fame as a Beatles-esque pop group a few years later, only to re-emerge as superstars in the disco era and beyond. Their story is also marked by tragedy, including the early deaths of twin brothers Maurice (2003) and Robin (2012). Andy, a younger brother who had a separate pop career in the late '70s, also died in 1988.
Barry Gibb's falsetto vocals powered their disco classics; he's the sole surviving member of the Bee Gees.