Steven Spielberg to Direct Bee Gees Biopic?

     October 17, 2010

Will Steven Spielberg bring the Bee Gees to the big screen? According to British website Dailymail, Spielberg is set to chronicle the disco-loving Gibb brothers’ astonishing rise to fame, a story he sees as, according to the website, potential “box office gold”. Nothing has been revealed in terms of casting, or whether Spielberg will helm the film himself or take a producing credit.

The Bee Gees were a popular music group in the 1960s and 70s who coined such hits as the Grammy-winning “How Deep is Your Love” and “Stayin’ Alive”, as well as familiar titles “Tragedy” and “More Than a Woman”. The group received universal acclaim for their participation on the soundtrack to the John Travolta classic Saturday Night Fever, of which they sang a majority of the songs. Their success has led to more than 200 million albums sold worldwide.

This is all merely speculation at this point (and let’s be honest, most of these UK papers are for shit), but it is an interesting topic for Spielberg to tackle nonetheless.  Hit the jump for more.

The Beard has covered just about every genre out there – from horror with the likes of 1975’s Jaws, to romantic-comedy ala 2004’s The Terminal – but he has never once tackled a musical.

While his schedule is already crammed to the brim with projects, including the upcoming War Horse and the Peter Jackson-produced, big screen adaptation of The Adventures of Tin Tin (both due next December), one would assume Spielberg’s involvement would most likely be regulated to a producer credit, especially if he still plans on helming the Jonathan Nolan-scripted Interstellar, a project he has long been linked to; or the much-delayed Lincoln biopic, which recently lost actor Liam Neeson. There’s also been a lot of talk involving a potential fifth entry in the Indiana Jones canon, not to mention the hordes of producing projects he already has lined up, including J.J. Abrams’ top secret Super 8, due next summer.

Still, it would be interesting to see how the gifted director, whose last film was the disappointing Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, would craft a musical – remember Kate Capshaw and those dancing, sparkling vixens in the opening moments of Temple of Doom? Can you imagine that to the tune of “Stayin’ Alive”?

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