Credit: Andrew C. RobinsonThe life story of late Beatles manager Brian Epstein will be coming to television, as Sonar Entertainment has secured the rights to the award-winning graphic novel The Fifth Beatle: The Brian Epstein Story with plans to develop a multi-part series based on it. Author Vivek Tiwary will adapt his novel for the TV series, and will serve as executive producer on the project.

According to a press statement Tiwary has secured “unprecedented access” to John Lennon and Paul McCartney‘s song catalog for use in the production, which is the first Fab Four-related biopic to be granted such rights.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Vivek to expand his vision to another medium and expose a whole new audience to his riveting and audacious work,” says Sonar executive Tom Patricia. “This story of the man behind the rise of The Beatles will captivate fans around the world and make for a compelling series that is both intimate and epic.”

Tiwary adds, “Brian Epstein’s story is rich in inspiration and is set amidst a backdrop of great cultural change and the legendary history of The Beatles, so an event series truly feels like the only way to do Brian justice. We’re going to do wonderful things with the extra creative room afforded to us.”

The Fifth Beatle tells the story of how Epstein helped guide the Beatles from a band playing in a cellar club in Liverpool, England, to international sensations. It also focuses on the obstacles Epstein — a gay man at a time when homosexual acts were illegal in his country — had to overcome on his own path to success. Published in 2013, the graphic novel earned numerous literary honors, including the prestigious Eisner Award.

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