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Ridley Scott to direct movie about the Bee Gees

The hit music trio have sold over 120 million records worldwide

Jabed Ahmed
Friday 16 February 2024 15:24 GMT
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Filmmaker Ridley Scott will direct a biopic on hit music group The Bee Gees, The Independent can confirm.

The British-Australian trio, formed of brothers Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb were one of the best-selling music groups of all time, and will soon be honoured in the form of a movie about their lives and careers.

Director Scott, whose last film Napoleon hit cinemas at the end of last year, is said to also produce the film alongside Graham King, Stacey Snider and Michael Pruss.

John Logan, who wrote Scott’s 2000 blockbuster Gladiator, will write the script.

Since forming in 1958, the “Kings of Disco” have sold over 120 million records worldwide, including hit singles “Stayin’ Alive”, “More Than A Woman” and “How Deep Is Your Love”.

Following the death of Robin’s twin-brother Maurice, aged 53, due to cardiac arrest in 2003, the remaining Rock and Roll Hall of Famers retired the group’s name after 45 years of activity.

In 2009, Robin announced that he and Barry would perform again under the Bee Gees name. Three years later, in May 2012, Robin died following various health issues, aged 62, leaving Barry as the only surviving member of the group.

Ridley Scott and the Bee Gees (Getty)

Barry Gibb will be involved in the forthcoming film as an executive producer.

Scott is currently finishing off the production of Gladiator 2, starring Paul Mescal, Denzel Washington and Pedro Pascal.

The sequel to the first film released more than two decades ago, is set to hit cinemas at the end of 2024.

The Bee Gees film will mark a departure from Scott’s previous, typical work in the science fiction and historical drama genres.

The movie will be distributed by Paramount, which owns the life rights to the Gibb family estate as well as the rights to the band’s classic songs.

Ridley Scott’s representatives have confirmed to The Independent that he is in discussions with Paramount to direct a movie about the Bee Gees.

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