There’s a little-known Beatles story that author and Broadway producer Vivek Tiwary has been waiting more than 20 years to tell. Brian Epstein, the Beatles’ early manager died young, at the age of 32, in 1967. But by that time, he had helped make the Beatles into the biggest band in the world. The hardships Epstein faced were daunting: He was gay at a time when homosexuality was illegal. He was Jewish during a time of rampant anti-Semitism. And, to top it off, he and the Beatles were from Liverpool, a small English port town with no cultural influence to speak of. His success is the stuff of legend, yet little has been written about Epstein and his years with the Beatles. Enter Tiwary, who has been tracing Epstein’s career since his early 20s when he was pursuing a career in music management. Tiwary said he felt the story was one that needed to be told and there was no better time than now.
Tiwary and Dark Horse have also announced that the graphic novel will be adapted into a feature-length film produced by none other than Oscar-winner Bruce Cohen (‘Silver Lining’s Playbook’, ‘Milk’, ‘Big Fish’). A director has not yet been named.
While there have been many big screen Beatles films, such as 2007’s "Across the Universe," "The Fifth Beatle’ will be the first ever feature-length film to have access to The Beatles’ complete library of music, a feat that Tiwary says was the product of sheer determination.
The graphic novel hits stands on Nov. 19, 2013, and filming is expected to get underway in the summer of 2014.
Tiwary spoke to us from the floor of the 2013 New York Comic Con.
Here’s a link to the trailer for the graphic novel: http://youtu.be/d9rXx3uRcmo