The life of the legendary Beatles manager Brian Epstein, who made the “Fab Four” famous in 1961, gets a fizzle.
The planned biopic “Midas Man” is being staged by the Swedish director Jonas Akerlund (54), as the US industry newspaper “Variety” reported on Thursday (local time). Epstein had discovered the young musicians at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, knocked on record companies and signed a contract for the four, at that time with drummer Pete Best, which was then replaced by Ringo Starr.
After hits like “She Loves You” and “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” in 1963, Epstein housed the Beatles in the USA on the Ed Sullivan show, their concerts at Carnegie Hall were the breakthrough in the American market. Epstein had the nickname as the “fifth Beatle”. He died in the summer of 1967 at the age of 32 from an overdose of sleeping pills.
Epstein had an “amazing foresight”, said Akerlund in a message. “I want to bring him back to life”. “Midas Man” is to be filmed in London, Liverpool and in the USA. The Grammy award winner has made numerous music videos with stars such as Madonna, Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, U2 and the Rolling Stones. He also worked with the Berlin band Rammstein on the documentary “Rammstein: Paris”. Other films include the thriller “Horsemen” and the musical drama “Lords of Chaos”.
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