Brian Epstein, the hugely celebrated music manager who was given the title as the “fifth Beatle”, will be the subject of a new biopic film.
The film, entitled Midas Man: The Brian Epstein Story, is being directed by Jonas Åkerlund who recently directed the black metal film Lords of Chaos. Åkerlund is a filmmaker with close affiliation to the world of music and previously directed music videos for the likes of Beyoncé, Metallica, Smashing Pumpkins, the Rolling Stones, Lady Gaga and more.
“Brian Epstein’s story has everything I’m looking for in a story … it’s all about Brian’s singularity for me,” Åkerlund said in a statement to Variety.
Adding: “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 film, which aims to chronicle Epstein’s life, is being described as “the definitive telling of a life story,” by production staff. “The first, last and most respectful filmic portrait ever painted of Brian Epstein. And one which helps him achieve something he dreamed of in life, but never achieved: to become a star of the silver screen.”
“It is simply a fantastic human story, worth telling, of a remarkable man whose life’s work was to make others more remarkable. He is not a footnote of the cultural revolution of the sixties,” a synopsis adds. “His story adds depth and dimension to the explosion of rock and roll and many artists other than The Beatles, deepening and enriching the cultural heft of this shared inheritance by creating a new way of seeing the sixties and the impact that Liverpool had on the world, through his bands, artists and their music.”
The film, which is being shot in London, Liverpool and in the US, is being pencilled in for a 2021 release.