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IM Global and Simon Cowell‘s Syco Entertainment will co-produce a feature film version of graphic novel The Fifth Beatle.
Vivek J. Tiwary wrote the screenplay based on his graphic novel based on the life of the Beatles’ manager, Brian Epstein.
A director is expected to be named shortly. The project was unveiled in Cannes.
Paul McCartney once said: “If anyone was the fifth Beatle, it was Brian.” A project description says Epstein “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 secured an 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.
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.”
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. “
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