Beatles Manager Brian Epstein Getting Biopic Treatment

Brian Epstein, the Beatles manager who was often referred to as the “fifth Beatle,” is getting his own biopic. Epstein, who died in 1967 of an accidental drug overdose, was a huge part of the band’s historic rise. The film will be directed by Jonas Akerlund, the music video director who did the Norwegian black metal drama Lords Of Chaos a couple years ago. He also won the Grammy Award for Best Music Film for Paul McCartney’s 2014 Live Kisses concert film.

“Brian Epstein’s story has everything I’m looking for in a story…. it’s all about Brian’s singularity for me,” Akerlund said in a statement to Variety. “I love that Brian seemed to know every step of the way what no one else knew, he saw things that no one else saw. His vision was astonishing, he created a culture that didn’t exist. The film is more like touring Brian’s mind and what it was like to be him than how one thing led to another chronologically. I want to bring him back to life.”

The screenplay for the film was written by Brigit Grant and Jonathan Wakeham. It will be shot in London, Liverpool, and the United States, and it’s aiming for release next year.