Bee Gees Biopic Has Found A New Director
It was first announced in March 2021 that a Bee Gees biopic is in the works with Paramount Pictures, inspired after the release of Frank Marshall’s documentary “How Can You Mend A Broken Heart.”
Although, there has been a changed up with the filmmakers. The initial director of the film was Kenneth Branagh along with supposedly scriptwriter Ben Elton. But now, Branagh has reported by the Deadline to depart from the project due to other scheduling conflicts and was replaced by a new director, John Carney who will work alongside new writer John Logan.
Carney is an acclaimed director who helmed award-winning original musicals Sing Street and his breakout feature, Once that win the Oscar for best song and went on to be adapted for the stage taking home eight Tony awards. He also directed Begin Again. In the last two years, Carney developed and run the Amazon Studios’ series Modern Love, which he created based on the New York Times columns of the same name.
While Logan is a three-time Oscar nominee for films Gladiator, Hugo, and The Aviator. He won a Tony Award for his play Red and is currently represented on Broadway with the musical Moulin Rouge.
One thing hasn’t changed is Bee Gees’ surviving member Barry Gibb, who is still onboard as executive producer. Gibb also participated in the 2020 HBO documentary The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart, which received six Emmy nominations and won the award for Outstanding Sound Editing for a Nonfiction or Reality Program (Single or Multi-Camera).
The biopic is set to follow the humble beginnings of brothers Barry, Maurice and Robin Gibb, who began performing folk and soft rock together in the late 1950s. Until their journey to pop superstardom when they reinvented themselves as disco kings in the late ’70s and worked on the soundtrack for Saturday Night Fever.
The Bee Gees are one of the biggest-selling groups of all time. They’ve earned five Grammys, including Album of the Year, and has sold 16 million copies in the U.S. and topped the Billboard 200 for 24 consecutive weeks.