Bee Gees Legacy 'Stayin' Alive' Through Steven Spielberg Movie

Sally Mercedes

The Bee Gees
The Bee Gees
You guys! Word on the street is that Steven Spielberg is directing a movie about the Bee Gees. Never in my life have I wanted a rumor to be true as badly as this!

The Bee Gees were the superstars of the '70s, and their genius provided much of the soundtrack for Saturday Night Fever. Brothers Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb made up the UK trio and they also wrote hit songs for Diana Ross, Barbra Streisand, and several others. You can thank them for "Stayin' Alive," "Emotions" (no, Destiny's Child didn't write that song), and the title song from Grease.

They dipped out of sight after Maurice's death in 2003, but now we have a Bee Gees movie to look forward to!

Casting is the first thing on everybody's mind, and Robin said he'd like their original recordings used because of the challenge of replicating the harmonies and falsetto. I'm hoping they'll go for unknowns, especially after the disastrous casting in the new movie about John Lennon, Nowhere Boy. (Seriously, who thought that puny kid from Love, Actually could play Paul McCartney?)

With that out of the way, here are 4 things I hope they don't gloss over in the film:

Andy Gibb's death - Sure, the movie's about the Bee Gees, but their baby brother's tragic death was important. Maybe they'll clear up if it's true that the brothers had decided to make Andy a member of the group.

Making music - My favorite part about movies like this are moments in the studio or writing songs. I've heard the story about Barry creating that falsetto 100 times, but I want to see it on the big screen.

Humor - Have you ever watched hours and hours of Bee Gees interview footage? No? Well I have, and they're hilarious. I hope it shines through in the movie.

Celebrity cameos - Usually these make me cringe, but I think it'd be cute to see Dolly Parton or John Travolta pop up. It's unlikely, but we can dream.

I'm going to be following these rumors like a hawk and will keep my hopes up and fingers crossed in the meantime.

Are you excited about a Bee Gees movie? What do you most want to see?


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