Richard Curtis, the screenwriter behind “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” “Mr. Bean,” “Bridget Jones’ Diary,” and “War Horse,” will script a biopic of Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb—the brothers who formed the Bee Gees in 1958—according to a report by The Tracking Board. Barry Gibb, the lone surviving member of the group, and MGM’s Gary Barber are set to produce.
Born to English parents and raised primarily in Australia, The Bee Gees achieved international fame in not one but two distinct periods in music history, first as a Beatles-inspired pop trio and later as mainstays of disco. Their iconic soundtrack to 1977’s “Saturday Night Fever,” starring John Travolta, was the best-selling album of all time until it was supplanted by Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” and the Rock and Rock Hall of Fame notes that the Bee Gees have been outsold by only Elvis, the Beatles, Michael Jackson, Garth Brooks, and Paul McCartney.
The Tracking Board, citing unnamed sources close to the project, reports that Curtis plans to “focus on the strength of the brother’s bond,” which held the band together almost continuously from 1958 to Maurice Gibb’s death in 2003, with the exception of a brief breakup in 1969-1970. Adam Rosenberg with be in charge of development for MGM, which owns the band’s life and music rights, and both Roger Birnbaum Productions and Riche Productions have also signed on to produce.