Today (August 27th) marks the 51st anniversary of the death of the Beatles' manager Brian Epstein. Epstein, who died of an accidental drug overdose at the age of 34, literally groomed the group from a scruffy, leather clad, bar band into the most successful and influential musicians of their time. In April 2014, Epstein was finally inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
In 1963, Brian Epstein described what he saw on December 9th, 1961 when he caught the Beatles' lunchtime gig at the soon-to-be legendary Cavern Club: “The Beatles were then just four lads on that rather dimly lit stage, somewhat ill-clad and their presentation — well, it left a little to be desired, as far as I was concerned. But, amongst all that, I was immediately struck by their, their music, their beat, and their sense of humor, actually, on stage.”
In 1991 a film titled The Hours And Times was released portraying a fictional account of Epstein's April 1963 holiday to Spain with John Lennon. According to legend, during the trip Epstein and Lennon consummated a sexual relationship.
A film on Epstein's life has been in the works for several years, with actor Jude Law reportedly attached to the project at one point.
In 2009, Variety reported that producer David Permut had acquired Tony Gittelson's script, called A Life In The Day, which chronicles Epstein's life from 1961 to 1967. No shooting date has been announced.
It was announced in 2012 that Tom Hanks and his Playtone production company will produce an upcoming, still-untitled Brian Epstein biopic. The film will be directed by Paul McGuigan with a screenplay by Todd Graff and stars actor Benedict Cumberbatch as Epstein. No start date has been set for the film.
Back in March it was announced a new program on Brian Epstein is in the works as a limited scripted series for Bravo. The project, based on Vivek J. Tiwary's graphic novel, The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story, has already had two stalled movie versions based around the comic — the last in 2015, with Simon Cowell producing. According to The Hollywood Reporter, “The potential series includes Tiwary's access to the Lennon/McCartney song catalog, marking the first Beatles-related biopic to secure those rights. Tiwary will pen the script and executive produce alongside Leopoldo Gout. The project hails from Universal Cable Productions and Sonar Entertainment.” There's been no word as to when the project is set to start production.
AUDIO: GEORGE MARTIN ON BRIAN EPSTEIN
AUDIO: PETER ASHER ON BRIAN EPSTEIN
AUDIO: BILLY J. KRAMER ON HIS BUSINESS DEALINGS WITH BRIAN EPSTEIN
AUDIO: PATTIE BOYD ON THE BEATLES’ RELATIONSHIP TO BRIAN EPSTEIN
AUDIO: MARTIN LEWIS SAYS BRIAN EPSTEIN CLAIMED BEATLES WILL BE BIGGER THAN ELVIS
AUDIO: BRIAN EPSTEIN ON SEEING THE BEATLES LIVE