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The Fifth Beatle, a biopic about Epstein's rise from shop assistant to manager of the biggest group in the world, will be the first feature film to include Beatles hits

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A new biopic of Beatles manager Brian Epstein will be the first feature film about the Fab Four ever to win rights to use the iconic British band's original songs, according to Deadline.

Titled The Fifth Beatle, the film will document the life of Epstein from his discovery of the Liverpudlian group to his death by accidental overdose in 1967 at the age of 32. The biopic's screenplay is by Tony award-winner Vivek J Tiwary (Green Day's American Idiot, Mel Brooks' The Producers) and the film will be produced by American Beauty's Oscar-winning Bruce Cohen.

Epstein was the closeted gay Liverpudlian entrepreneur who brought the Fab Four to the public's attention. »

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