Bee Gees Biopic Stayin’ Alive With New Director

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Paramount Images has identified a new director for its Bee Gees biopic, enlisting John Carney following Kenneth Branagh‘s departure from the job, Deadline experiences.

The still-untitled biopic took shape in 2019 when producer Graham King (who helmed 2018’s award-winning Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody) and Paramount negotiated a offer with the Gibb loved ones, bringing surviving band member Barry Gibb onboard as executive producer. Paramount in the beginning tapped Branagh — whose directorial credits contain 1996’s Hamlet, 2011’s Thor and 2015’s Cinderella — to direct the movie, but he left the venture late previous 12 months thanks to scheduling conflicts, together with the awards campaign for Belfast, which won Best Original Screenplay at past weekend’s Academy Awards.

Carney is no stranger to new music-associated movies, possessing published and directed the 2007 musical drama After and the 2016 musical dramedy Sing Avenue. The former gained an Academy Award for Ideal Primary Music, and the latter acquired a Golden World nomination for Greatest Motion Photo – Musical or Comedy. The Bee Gees film will mark Carney’s initially musical biopic, and he will function together with scriptwriter John Logan.

Soon after launching as a Beatlesque pop team in the mid-’60s, Bee Gees reinvented them selves as disco kings in the late ’70s. The trio featured prominently on 1977’s Saturday Night time Fever soundtrack, which sold 16 million copies in the U.S. and topped the Billboard 200 for 24 consecutive weeks.

Barry Gibb is the lone surviving member of Bee Gees, subsequent the fatalities of twin brothers Maurice (2003) and Robin (2012). Their young brother, Andy, who had a prosperous solo occupation, died in 1988.

Gibb previously participated in the 2020 HBO documentary The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Damaged Coronary heart, which gained six Emmy nominations and won the award for Superb Sound Editing for a Nonfiction or Truth Plan (Solitary or Multi-Digital camera).

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