Kenneth Branagh to Direct Paramount's Bee Gees Movie

Kenneth Branagh
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Kenneth Branagh

GK Films, Amblin and Sister will produce, with Barry Gibb executive producing.

Kenneth Branagh is set to direct Paramount Pictures’ untitled Bee Gees movie.

The biopic, with Ben Elton writing the script, had long gestated at Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks and, more recently, at Amblin, before heading to Paramount through Bohemian Rhapsody producer Graham King, who had teamed with former DreamWorks exec Stacey Snider and her new company Sister.

GK Films, Amblin and Sister will produce, and Barry Gibb will executive produce.

The Bee Gees, comprised of Gibb brothers Barry, Robin and Maurice, are among the world’s best-selling music artists of all time. The British-Australian pop trio rose to fame in the 1960s and '70s and saw global success with hits such as "How Can You Mend a Broken Heart," "Too Much Heaven," "Nights on Broadway" and "Stayin' Alive."

Barry Gibb is the only surviving member of the band, after Maurice Gibb's sudden death from complications of a twisted intestine in 2003 at the age of 53 and Robin Gibb's death from complications related to colorectal cancer in 2012 at the age of 62.