Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Beatles Original Manager Brian Epstein Suddenly Very Popular


The Beatles’ original manager, Brian Epstein, is suddenly very popular. Now two different groups want to make a movie about him. I told you last week about Vivek Tiwary and his graphic novel about Epstein. Tiwary, I confirmed, actually secured the rights to a couple dozen Beatles songs for his film.

Now Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman have announced they’re going to do an Epstein movie with director Paul McGuigan. Why not? Maybe there’s a third group waiting to make their Epstein movie. British actor Benedict Cumberbatch is attached to the McGuigan project.

Was Brian Epstein so interesting? Without the Beatles, not really. He steered the group from their 1962 debut to his death in 1967.  He was 32. Epstein was clever and gay, and a man about town in swinging London. There’s a persistent legend that he had a thing for John Lennon. His story could be “A Single Man” with really cool clothes and music.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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