〉The About Time writer/director will pen the pic based on the iconic group.
Renowned writer/director Richard Curtis has been tapped to write a BEE GEES project for DreamWorks and MGM. The biopic will follow the lives of the Gibb brothers from their humble beginnings in Australia to their rise to the top of the charts, followed by their fall and undeniable rise again as one of the most iconic and acclaimed groups in the history of music with one of the best-selling albums of all time, Saturday Night Fever. Sources confirm that the pic will primarily focus on the strength of the brother’s bond, which forged the determination for the band’s survival and continued success, despite their struggles.
MGM chairman Gary Barber and Bee Gee’s co-founder and group member Barry Gibb are set to produce the musical, with Roger Birnbaum producing via his Roger Birnbaum Productions. Also producing are Alan Riche, Peter Riche, and Wendy Riche through their shingle, Riche Productions. Adam Rosenberg will oversee development for MGM, which owns the band’s life and music rights.
Formed in 1958, pop group the Bee Gees was made up of brothers Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. The group experienced two periods of prime success – the late 1960’s and late 1970’s. Following their breakup in 1969, the group returned stronger than ever, changing their style to focus more on Barry’s R&B falsetto vocals, which became their iconic sound.
The group rose to legendary heights after working on the Saturday Night Fever soundtrack, which rocketed them to incredible success and prolonged the disco era’s mainstream appeal. Inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997, the group to this day remains one of the best-selling artists of all time, selling more than 220 million records worldwide.
Curtis, an acclaimed writer, director, and producer, is known for his masterful body of work. Two of Curtis’ most distinguished credits include the beloved holiday classic Love Actually and the hit time-travel romantic comedy About Time. Curtis also scripted the Mike Newell-directed classic Four Weddings And A Funeral, the Julia Roberts/Hugh Grant hit rom-com Notting Hill, and co-wrote the iconic Rowan Atkinson comedy Bean. He’s next set to write and executive produce Universal’s dramedy Lost For Words.
Curtis is repped by United Agents.
Clark Allen | Associate Editor