A Bee Gees movie is coming from the Bohemian Rhapsody producer

1 November 2019, 09:41

By Tom Eames

A new biopic centred around the Bee Gees is on the way, from the producer behind Bohemian Rhapsody.

According to Deadline, Graham King – who produced the huge Freddie Mercury and Queen movie – has joined with Paramount Pictures and production company Sister to create the new project.

The film has yet to be written or cast, but Paramount have bought the rights to the Bee Gees songs from the Gibb Estate on behalf of King.

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This means that the film will be able to use songs from the trio's back catalogue.

Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb started singing together as the Bee Gees in the late 1950s, originally in Australia and then in the UK after their songs were heard by Beatles manager Brian Epstein.

The Bee Gees
The Bee Gees. Picture: Getty

After briefly splitting in 1970, the three brothers found new success as disco kings thanks to the soundtrack for Saturday Night Fever.

The album went 15x platinum in the US after its release in November 1977, and the group achieved six US number 1 singles in just under two years.

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The brothers' younger brother Andy Gibb died aged 30 in 1988, while Maurice Gibb passed away in 2003, followed by his twin Robin in 2012.

Barry Gibb was knighted in 2018 for his services to music and entertainment.

This will be the latest in a long line of music biopics following the likes of Bohemian Rhapsody and Elton John's Rocketman. There are also films in the works related to Boy George, Dusty Springfield and Celine Dion.