Simon Cowell to produce Brian Epstein biopic ‘The Fifth Beatle’

Film will be based on Vivek J. Tiwary's 2013 graphic novel of the same name

Simon Cowell is to produce a big screen biopic of late Beatles manager Brian Epstein.

Titled The Fifth Beatle, the film will be an adaptation of Vivek J. Tiwary’s graphic novel of the same name, which was published in 2013. It tells the story of how Epstein discovered the Beatles during a performance at Liverpool’s Cavern Club in 1961 and helped to steer the ‘Fab Four’ to global success.

Tiwary has written the film’s screenplay based on his own graphic novel and will also serve as one of the biopic’s producers alongside Cowell. According to Variety, the producers have already secured the rights to use Beatles music in the film and expect to hire a director shortly.

“The mission of The Fifth Beatle has always been to sing the unsung story of Brian Epstein – the brilliant and inspiring visionary behind the Beatles – so I am thrilled to expand his legacy into film,” Tiwary said in a statement.

“I have always been fascinated by Brian Epstein – and his story,” Cowell added. “He played a huge role in the Beatles’incredible success – and, I believe, remains the most talented manager ever. Yet his story has never been fully told. Also, like everyone across the world, I have so much respect for the Beatles and their music. So to be given the chance to be involved in this project was one I just could not pass up.”

Epstein died of an overdose in his London flat on 27 August, 1967 at the age of 32. In 1997, Paul McCartney said of the late manager: “If anyone was the ‘fifth Beatle’, it was Brian.”