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14 October 2013
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Figured it was time to start a topic for this movie. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Benedict Cumberbatch will play Brian in the movie version of "The Fifth Beatle"! Sherlock's Paul McGuigan will direct.

I'm really excited now!

Edit: This a year-old article that was posted on FB as if it were new, so I have no idea what's happening with this film now, sorry.

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5 December 2013
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So a year after that article was posted, they're going in a different direction. From The Examiner:

Peyton Reed will direct “The Fifth Beatle,” the film adaptation of the recently released New York Times best-selling graphic novel chronicling the final years of The Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein, the production company announced Dec. 4. Reed's past directing credits include the films “Bring It On,” “Yes Man,” “Down With Love” and “The Break-Up” and episodes of the TV series “The Goodwin Games” and “New Girl.”

More at the source. [x-posted at the news thread]

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14 June 2014
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Examiner blurb:

Speaking of projects: Remember the Brian Epstein movie supposedly in the works with Tom Hanks? It seems to have quietly disappeared. Meanwhile, "The Fifth Beatle" movie, taken from the comic novel and written by Vivek Tiwary, is still on the boards.

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22 July 2014
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For those going to Comic-Con, there'll be a Fifth Beatle panel Sunday:

One of the hottest graphic novels of 2013, The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story, is now one of the most highly anticipated films, having secured the approval of Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono, and Olivia Harrison, along with unprecedented access to the entire Beatles music catalog. Fifth Beatle writer and producer Vivek J. Tiwary (Green Day's American Idiot) introduces a series of very special guests for a discussion of The Fifth Beatle's development, and breaking news. Panel moderated byPatrick Reed (Depth Of Field Magazine).
Sunday July 27, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am 

[x-posted to the Fifth Beatle book thread]

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Press release on Simon Cowell's company becoming a partner in the film:

 
 
SYCO ENTERTAINMENT AND IM GLOBAL PARTNER ON VIVEK J. TIWARY‘S  “THE FIFTH BEATLE”

Film To Adapt Acclaimed Graphic Novel Biography Of The Beatles’ Manager Brian Epstein

 
Cannes, May 15 – Prolific independent entertainment studio IM Global, acclaimed writer Vivek J. Tiwary and Simon Cowell‘s Syco Entertainment have announced they will partner to co-produce the feature film version of THE FIFTH BEATLE.  The screenplay, written by Tiwary, is an adaptation of  his acclaimed graphic novel based on the life of Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein.

THE FIFTH BEATLE is a New York Times #1 best-selling graphic novel that recounts the true story of Brian Epstein, the brilliant visionary who discovered the Beatles in a cellar in Liverpool and guided them to unimaginable success.  But it’s also the story of how Epstein, of whom Paul McCartney said, "if anyone was the fifth Beatle, it was Brian,"  overcame seemingly insurmountable odds and personal demons  while bringing the Beatles to the world’s attention and kicking off a cultural Revolution in the process. 

Tiwary, Cowell and IM Global Founder and CEO Stuart Ford will serve as producers, and have already secured an unprecedented agreement with Sony/ATV Publishing for the use of Beatles music to be used in the film. IM Global President of Production Matt Jackson, President of IM Global Music David Schulhof, and Syco  Entertainment's Head of Film Adam Milano will serve as executive producers. The producers also anticipate bringing a director onboard shortly.
 
Said Tiwary, “The mission of 'The Fifth Beatle' has always been to sing the unsung story of Brian Epstein-- the brilliant and inspiring visionary behind the Beatles-- so I am thrilled to expand his legacy Into film.  And to be partnering with a brilliant self-made boy from Liverpool and a game-changing music impresario-- I'm certain Brian would be pleased!"
 
Said Ford, “Vivek has written a powerful, vibrant screenplay about one of the most colorful and heartbreaking stories in rock'n'roll history.  I am proud and incredibly excited to launch into putting the film together with Vivek, Simon and the rest of the team."
 
Said Cowell, "I have always been fascinated by Brian Epstein - and his story. He played a huge role in The Beatles incredible success - and, I believe, remains the most talented manager ever. Yet his story has never been fully told. Also, like everyone across the world, I have so much respect for The Beatles and their music. So to be given the chance to be involved in this project was one I just could not pass up." 
 
Tiwary wrote the graphic novel, which was published by Dark Horse Comics, with art created by award-winning artists Andrew C. Robinson and Kyle Baker.  THE FIFTH BEATLE has  won many major literary awards, including the Will Eisner Comic Industry Award (the comics industry's Academy Award) and two Harvey Awards (the comics industry's Golden Globes), including Best Original Graphic Album. It was named a Lambda Literary Award Finalist for Best LGBT Graphic Novel, and has been added to The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's Library and Archives Permanent Collection.  
 

[x-posted to the news]
 
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