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Producer David Permut has acquired "A Life in the Day," a Tony Gittelson script about the life of Brian Epstein, who discovered and managed the Beatles from 1961 through 1967, when he died of a drug overdose at 32.According to Variety, Permut will produce and Steve Longi and Chris Mangano will be co-producers.The deal comes at a time when the popularity of the Beatles is soaring with album reissues due next month as well as the launch of "The Beatles: Rock Band" video game. Disney and Robert Zemeckis are negotiating to remake "Yellow Submarine" in 3-D performance capture animation.Permut said he will try to secure certain Beatles songs, but the movie really is about the formation of the band. Epstein, »
- Adnan Tezer
Paul McCartney once claimed, “If anyone was the Fifth Beatle, it was Brian.” He was talking about Brian Epstein, the Fab Four’s discoverer and manager from 1961 until his early death in 1967. Like many other famous people who died young, Epstein is finally being given his own biopic, Variety reports. Titled “A Life in the Day” -- a play on the title of the classic Beatles tune, "A Day in the Life" -- the project rests in the capable hands of producer David Permut (“Face/Off”) and screenwriter Tony Gittelson.
Permut, who is also working on biopics about Sam Kinison and John DeLorean, will try to get the rights to as many Beatles songs as possible for the film, but he says the focus will be on Epstein and the formation of the band, so a lot of famous tunes aren’t necessary. Still, the roles of John, Paul, George »
- Adam Rosenberg
Stories about the Beatles have been rehashed so many times that it seems almost impossible that anything new could come out about them. But I'm actually willing to give a shot to A Life in the Day, a biopic about the life of Brian Epstein, the band's manager from 1961 until 1967, until he died of a drug overdose. Producer David Permut picked up the script by Tony Gittelson, which he told Varety might include some of the band's songs, but will actually focus on their formation. Said Permut, ""Everybody turned down the band, even though Brian promised they would become bigger than Elvis, and he finally got George Martin at Emi to change his mind and give them an audition." It really would be interesting to see the band's rise to fame without a focus on the relationship between the members, and given Epstein's early death, it might address the 60s »
A movie about the man that discovered The Beatles is in the works. In 1961 Brian Epstein heard the fab four when they were playing a gig in the Cavern Club and set out to represent the group and secure them a record deal. After a string of failures Epstein finally convinced an executive at Emi to give the band a break and cut a record on the label. The rest was history. Epstein managed the group for six years before a drug overdose in 1967 ended his life. He was just 32 years old.
Titled A Life in the Day, the screenplay has already been written by Tony Gittelson, a man whose dayjob is working as a second assistant director on movies and television shows. David Permut (Charlie Bartlett, Face/Off) will produce and is hoping to court the rights holder to the Beatles catalogue and have a few of their songs in the soundtrack. »
- Patrick Sauriol
Album reissues are imminent. Beatles: Rock Band is heading to a console near you. Last week we heard that Robert Zemeckis is planning a motion-capture remake of Yellow Submarine. And today Variety is reporting that a biopic of the Fab Four's first manager Brian Epstein, called A Life in the Day, has been scripted.Epstein discovered the Beatles at the famous Cavern Club in Liverpool, and eventually landed them their first record deal, after the demo he personally paid for found its way to George Martin at Emi. He was with the band from 1962 to 1967, when he died of a drug overdose at the young age of 32. The official post-mortem reported accidental death, but it was subsequently revealed that Epstein had flirted with suicide in the past.The script is by Tony Gittelson and has been picked up by producer David Permut, who also has biopics of John DeLorean and »
Producer David Permut has picked up a Tony Gittelson script A Life in the Day, about Brian Epstein, the first Beatles manager who discovered the quartet in 1961 and managed them until 1967, when he died of a drug overdose at 32.
According to Variety, the deal comes at a time when the popularity of the Beatles is soaring with album reissues due next month as well as the launch of "The Beatles: Rock Band" videogame. Disney and Robert Zemeckis are negotiating to remake Yellow Submarine in 3-D performance capture animation.
Permut said he will try to secure certain Beatles songs, but the movie really is about the formation of the band. Epstein, who sold records from his father's appliance store in Liverpool, heard the Beatles on his lunch break at the Cavern Club and became relentless in his pursuit of a record deal for the quartet. "Everybody turned down the band, even »
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