11 May 2011
The Jewish Chronicle The Fifth Beatle
September 22, 2011
The Fifth Beatle
A film about the Jewish, gay and drug-addicted manager of the world's most famous music band is to be made in Liverpool.
The Fifth Beatle, a $25 million American biopic about Brian Epstein, who discovered and managed the Beatles until his death at 32 from a drug overdose, is due to be filmed next year, and would be the first to track Epstein's life story after a separate 2009 production stalled. Written by Broadway producer Vivek Tiwary, who claims Epstein's Jewish background, and his funeral, attended only by his family, are key to the story of an "ultimate cultural outsider", the film focuses on Epstein's homosexuality and contains scenes about a presumed relationship he may have had with John Lennon. Mr Tiwary, 38, whose Broadway rock show won two Tony Awards and a Grammy, said that Epstein, who was born on Yom Kippur in 1934, had been his "historical mentor" for 15 years. It had taken him three months to hunt down his biography.
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