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Note by Ahhh Girl 28 September 2014: parlance found another thread that needed to be merged here. Thread one was posts 1-2. Thread two was posts 3-5. Thread three was posts 6-10. meanmistermustard had merged the second two on 27 July 2014.

Don't know if you guys have already mentioned this movie-in-the-making but this is the first I've heard of it:

 

Beatles music to be used in Brian Epstein movie

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That's pretty awesome to see Beatles music in a movie, 'tis a very rare occurence. I often like to think of how famous movies would've been with the assistance of Beatles on the soundtrack.

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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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Wow, this sounds great! I think Brian will always be the fifth Beatle to me. brian-epstein Thanks, peregrine9.

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Your welcome kelicopter.

 

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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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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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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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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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Finally I e been waiting to hear something about the movie. I know I could have researched it more, but now I am in the mood.

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

FAB FILM NEWS: We're pleased and proud to announce we've signed a film financing and producing deal for The Fifth Beatle, partnering with Simon Cowell's Syco Entertainment and independent entertainment studio IM Global. The international media has already enthusiastically reacted and we're enjoying great press from Variety,Hollywood Reporter, NME, The Telegraph (UK)Cinema Blend and more!

Official press release follows:

 
 
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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It looks like this thread needs an update - it's now going to be a "TV Event" series as opposed to the original plan of a movie

 

http://thefifthbeatle.com/the-film/

SONAR ENTERTAINMENT TO DEVELOP THE FIFTH BEATLE AS EVENT SERIES

Author Vivek J. Tiwary to adapt his best-selling graphic novel for television

 

NEW YORK (March 7, 2016) – Sonar Entertainment has optioned the rights to New York Times #1 Best-Selling graphic novel, The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story, written by Vivek J. Tiwary with art by Andrew C. Robinson and Kyle Baker, it was announced today by Tom Patricia, EVP, Event Series, Sonar Entertainment.  The critically acclaimed novel will be developed as a multi-part event series with Tiwary adapting his work for television and serving as executive producer. The project comes complete with Tiwary’s unprecedented access to the Lennon/McCartney song catalog – the first ever Beatles-related biopic to secure such rights.

 

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Vivek to expand his vision to another medium and expose a whole new audience to his riveting and audacious work,” said Patricia. “This story of the man behind the rise of The Beatles will captivate fans around the world and make for a compelling series that is both intimate and epic.”

 

Tiwary added, “Brian Epstein’s story is rich in inspiration and is set amidst a backdrop of great cultural change and the legendary history of The Beatles, so an event series truly feels like the only way to do Brian justice.  We’re going to do wonderful things with the extra creative room afforded to us and I’m thrilled to be working with Sonar to take advantage of all the exciting elements this format has to offer.”

 

The Fifth Beatle recounts the untold true story of legendary Beatles manager, Brian Epstein, and his effort to drive the unknown band from playing in a cellar in Liverpool to international super-stardom. Epstein overcame great obstacles, both personally and professionally, being a gay man in a time and place where homosexual acts were deemed a felony. As Paul McCartney himself once said, “If anyone was ‘The Fifth Beatle’ it was Brian.” The graphic novel, published by Dark Horse Comics in 2013, went on to win numerous literary awards including the Eisner Award, considered the ‘Academy Awards of the comics industry’, for Best Reality-Based work, and two Harvey Awards including Best Original Graphic Album, as well as several other accolades. In 2014 The Fifth Beatlewas added to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives, in conjunction with Brian Epstein’s official induction.

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Rachel Depew, 42West – Rachel.Depew@42West.net

 

About Sonar Entertainment

Sonar Entertainment is a multi-faceted independent entertainment company designed to meet today’s ever-changing landscape in global television production and distribution.  With headquarters in Los Angeles and offices around the world, Sonar is uniquely positioned to participate in a wide range of ways in order to create television series, miniseries and movies.  The company develops, produces, acquires, finances, packages and distributes product both internationally and domestically. Current series include “The Shannara Chronicles,” for MTV; “Taboo,” starring Tom Hardy, for FX and BBC One; and “The Son,” for AMC. While primarily focused on the development and production of new product, Sonar is also the distributor of over 1,000 library titles comprised of award-winning programs from RHI Entertainment, Hallmark Entertainment and Hal Roach Studios, among others.

 

About Vivek J. Tiwary

Vivek J. Tiwary is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and a Tony Award-winning Broadway producer. His graphic novel The Fifth Beatle won numerous literary awards including the Will Eisner Comic Industry Award and two Harvey Awards, and has been added to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives. On Broadway, Tiwary’s productions have won a combined 25 Tony Awards over 44 Tony nominations and include such groundbreaking work as Green Day’s “American Idiot,” “A Raisin In The Sun,” and Mel Brooks’ “The Producers”. Tiwary is working with Alanis Morissette to adapt her album “Jagged Little Pill” for Broadway. He lives in New York with his inspiring wife, their delightful children, and a feisty papillon.  Vivek is represented by Circle of Confusion and Larry Kopeikin at Morris Yorn.

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I sure as Hell hope the TV series, or whatever it ends up being, is not in the style of this guy's comic book graphic novel.

Nope - I do not have a good feeling about this. a-hard-days-night-ringo-12

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I sure as Hell hope the TV series, or whatever it ends up being, is not in the style of this guy's comic book graphic novel.

Nope - I do not have a good feeling about this. a-hard-days-night-ringo-12

If someone is invested in it they'll probably steer it in the most lucrative direction. I'm hoping it looks something like Mad Men or Vinyl . . visually and format wise

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I'm hoping and praying Brian's story is told as it happened, straight forward, without any crappily envisioned FanFic. It would be a shame otherwise.

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Zig said
I'm hoping and praying Brian's story is told as it happened, straight forward, without any crappily envisioned FanFic. It would be a shame otherwise.

The would have to be changes or else the movie would be over 30 years long.

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32 years and 342 days, actually. brian-epstein

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Zig said
I'm hoping and praying Brian's story is told as it happened, straight forward, without any crappily envisioned FanFic. It would be a shame otherwise.

But what about all the JohnxBrian potential scenes, the fans want it Zig!!!!

 

 

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Maybe I wasn't quite clear enough based on the replies I am getting. What I meant was, production wise, I would rather have the movie/series be straightforward in telling the story warts and all. What I don't want to see is some type of cartoonish interpretations of what someone else's vision is. When that happens, it is less about the subject and more about the artist's ego. 

I may not be an art expert, but I know crap when I see it. a-hard-days-night-john-1

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Zig said
I may not be an art expert, but I know crap when I see it. a-hard-days-night-john-1

I think that means that you're a crap expert. 

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