Sunday, April 21, 2024

Bee Gees BioPic Flips from “Belfast” Oscar Nominee Kenneth Branagh to “Once” Director John Carney


Here’s a plot twist.

Oscar nominated “Belfast” director Kenneth Branagh had been all set to direct the Bee Gees movie with a screenplay by Anthony McCarten.

This information was still listed on the IMDB. In December when I saw him at the Michael Jackson musical opening on Broadway, producer Graham King talked to me about it.

But that was before “Belfast” took off and cemented Branagh as an an Oscar and DGA nominee. Also, he won an Oscar on Sunday for the “Belfast” screenplay.

Now Variety reports that John Carney, who made “Once,” “Begin Again.” and “Sing Street,” has taken over. Something happened. Maybe Branagh wanted more money or didn’t like the finished screenplay. We won’t worry about him, Branagh has plenty of projects. Carney is terrific, although his music movies aren’t as flashy as the Bee Gees. It will be interesting to see how he does it. One thing’s for sure, he knows how to cast a movie. I’ll bet we see Ferdia Walsh-Peelo, who was so good in “Sing Street” and is now in “CODA,” as one of the Gibbs boys.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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