Paramount’s Bee Gees biopic movie will be directed by Oscar nominee Kenneth Branagh. Shakespeare was Branagh’s ticket to initial fame and fortune in the movies when he became an Oscar-nominated director and actor for his 1989 version of the Bard’s Henry V. Branagh later followed up that success with the lighter Much Ado About Nothing, as well as a decidedly heavy four-hour adaptation of Hamlet. In recent years, Branagh has moved away from Shakespeare and taken on Agatha Christie, adapting her Murder On the Orient Express to great success in 2017. Branagh will next bring Christie’s novel Death on the Nile to screens, with himself returning in the role of detective Hercule Poirot.
Having helped bring great characters like Poirot, Hamlet, and Henry V to movie screens – not to mention Marvel superhero Thor – Branagh will next tell the story of one of the 20th Century’s most successful music acts. As reported by Variety, Branagh has been tapped to direct Paramount’s untitled Bee Gees biopic, with long-time British TV writer Ben Elton on board to pen the script. The movie will span the whole career of the legendary band, telling the story of brothers Barry, Maurice, and Robin Gibb from their early days to their superstardom in the 1970s, when they broke records with their disco soundtrack to the film Saturday Night Fever.
No doubt the hope is that this biopic of the Bee Gees will catch fire with fans of the band, as Bohemian Rhapsody did with fans of Queen. As the surviving members of Queen had a hand in the making of their own on-screen myth, so will Barry Gibb have a hand in telling the Bee Gees’ story, as he’s on board as executive producer. It remains to be seen if director Branagh knows musical biopics as well as he knows Shakespeare and Christie.
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