Multi-Grammy winning director Jonas Akerlund is to helm “Midas Man,” a movie about The Beatles’ manager and music impresario Brian Epstein, it was confirmed Thursday.
The film is described as “an emotional, witty, heartfelt story of the joy of success and the terrifying pressures of unspeakable risk and unfulfilled desire,” in a statement from the producers, Trevor Beattie and Jeremy Chatterton at Trevor Beattie Films, and Kevin Proctor and Perry Trevers at StudioPOW.
A limited series about the Beatles manager Brian Epstein — widely dubbed “the fifth Beatle” — is in the works at Bravo.
Produced by Universal Cable Productions and Sonar Entertainment, the project is based on the Dark Horse Comics graphic novel “The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story” by Vivek J. Tiwary, who will pen the series adaptation and serve as executive producer along with Leopoldo Gout.(Sources: Wrap.com, Bravo, Variety;Hollywoodreporter)
Vivek J. Tiwary will adapt his graphic novel for the project, which also has the rights to the John Lennon-Paul McCartney song catalog.
The drama, which is in development, explores the personal life of the band’s visionary manager, Brian Epstein, who helped launch the Fab Four to international stardom.
The potential series includes Tiwary’s access to the John Lennon-Paul McCartney song catalog, marking the first Beatles-related biopic to secure those rights. Tiwary will pen the script and executive produce alongside Leopoldo Gout. The project hails from Universal Cable Productions and Sonar Entertainment.
The Fifth Beatle recounts Epstein’s story, from discovering the Beatles in The Cavern Club in Liverpool to guiding the band to become a global sensation. Epstein, as a gay Jewish man living in 1960s England where homosexuality was a felony, suffered from loneliness and a crushing desire to be one of the boys and belong. He would become the engineer of Beatlemania and a key architect of the cultural revolution in the ’60s with his ambition to spread the Beatles’ message of love and peace.
Epstein died in 1967 died of an overdose of the sleeping pill Carbitral.
Epstein published a memoir, “A Cellarful of Noise,” in 1964. But his role as manager diminished after the band opted to end its grueling schedule of concert tours in 1966. By many historical accounts, Epstein was depressed at the time of his death and there has long been speculation that the overdose was not accidental. His death came about two months after the release of the Beatles’ landmark album “Sgt. Pepper’s
Lonely Hearts Club Band.”