The writer behind hit films Love Actually and Four Weddings and a Funeral looks set to write a biopic based on the lives of the Bee Gees.

Richard Curtis has been tapped to tell the tale of the band of brothers who launched their musical career in Australia in the late 1950s.

Bee Gees’ frontman, Barry Gibb, has signed on to produce the musical project which is being created by film studios Dreamworks and MGM, according to film industry website The Tracking Board.

The story will focus on the bond between the brothers, Barry and the late Robin and Maurice Gibb, who formed the Bee Gees while living in the Brisbane suburb of Redcliffe. It will be based on their two periods of success: during the late 1960s and then their resurgence in the 1970s following an initial break-up.

The band had most of its success in the late 1970s with disco hits such as Stayin Alive and Night Fever, featuring Barry Gibb’s iconic falsetto.