Beatles Manager Biopic Latest in Crop of Upcoming Music Films
A new biopic based on Beatles manager Brian Epstein has been given the green light, and will feature a number of tunes by the Fab Four. The movie is the latest in a number of music-related biopics in the works.
The film, titled 'The Fifth Beatle,' takes a look at the life and tragic death of the Beatles manager, who passed away in 1967 of a sedative overdose. Epstein struggled with handling his high profile gig while being a closeted homosexual.
The movie is set to feature up to 10 Beatles songs, now that a deal has been reached with the film's producer, Vivek Tiwary, and Sony/ATV (which owns the rights to the Beatles catalog).
Tiwary tells the Hollywood Reporter that he hopes to get rolling soon. "I would love to start production this year," he says. "I won't wait two years, but if the right director wanted us to shoot later, we have flexibility in financing."
'The Fifth Beatle' is one of several biopics in the works or in planning stages. Last year, it was announced that Sacha Baron Cohen ('Borat') will play late Queen singer Freddie Mercury in a film. A movie focusing on Jimi Hendrix has been blocked for the time being by members of the late guitarist's estate, while there have also been reports for several years that Mike Myers will portray late Who drummer Keith Moon.
Watch Footage of Interviews with Brian Epstein and the Beatles