Midas Man is an upcoming British biographical film about the life of music entrepreneur Brian Epstein. Directed by Sara Sugarman, who replaced Jonas Åkerlund during filming, it is based on a story by Brigit Grant and a screenplay by Jonathan Wakeham. Jacob Fortune-Lloyd stars in the lead role alongside Emily Watson, Eddie Marsan, Omari Douglas, Rosie Day, Lukas Gage, Charley Palmer Rothwell, Bill Milner, Jay Leno, Jonah Lees, Blake Richardson, Leo Harvey Elledge, Campbell Wallace and Adam Lawrence.

Midas Man
Directed by
Screenplay byJonathan Wakeham
Story byBrigit Grant
Produced by
Starring
CinematographyEric Broms
Production
companies
  • StudioPow
  • Trevor Beattie Films
  • Er Dong Pictures
Distributed bySignature Entertainment
Release date
TBA
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish

PremiseEdit

The film tracks how Brian Epstein rose to prominence by managing a series of popular artists including The Beatles, Cilla Black and Gerry and the Pacemakers before his sudden death in 1967 at the age of 32.

CastEdit

ProductionEdit

DevelopmentEdit

 
The film is about music entrepreneur Brian Epstein.

Midas Man is a biographical film about Brian Epstein based on a story by Brigit Grant and screenplay by Jonathan Wakeham. It is a British co-production between StudioPow and Trevor Beattie Films. It is also produced by Er Dong Pictures, who will distribute the film in China. In July 2020, Jonas Åkerlund was announced to direct.[1] In an interview with The Guardian, Åkerlund said he had been researching Epstein for almost two years. He also said he had talked with people who knew Epstein, including Gerry Marsden of Gerry and the Pacemakers: "He told me stories that haven't been printed yet and that we'll introduce into our film."[2] In April 2021, Jacob Fortune-Lloyd was cast in the lead role as Brian Epstein.[3] In July, the film's distribution rights in the U.K. and Ireland were sold to Signature Entertainment.[4] In the following months, Emily Watson, Eddie Marsan and Omari Douglas were cast in September,[5] and Rosie Day, Lukas Gage, Charley Palmer Rothwell and Bill Milner were cast in October.[6][7]

FilmingEdit

The 12-week shoot began in Liverpool on 11 October 2021.[8] Principal photography, however, was put on hiatus for three weeks after Åkerlund left the production in November. An issued statement made the claim that filming would continue that same month in London and move to Los Angeles, California, in early January.[9] Sara Sugarman was hired as Åkerlund's replacement weeks later, with no reshoots expected to take place, and filming still scheduled to start again soon after.[10][11] In late November, Jay Leno, Jonah Lees, Blake Richardson, Leo Harvey Elledge, Campbell Wallace and Adam Lawrence joined the cast and a first-look image was released featuring several cast members at Abbey Road Studios.[12][11] Filming, however, did not restart in November because several crew members had left the production, Sugarman was still getting acclimatized and production was close to being paused for Christmas. An issued statement said that after a three month break, filming would begin in the U.S. in late January before returning to the U.K.[13]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Ritman, Alex (2 July 2020). "Jonas Akerlund to Direct Brian Epstein Biopic Midas Man". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on 25 November 2021. Retrieved 25 November 2021.
  2. ^ Alberge, Dalya (2 July 2020). "Top director to shoot biopic about Beatles manager Brian Epstein". The Guardian. Retrieved 18 December 2021.
  3. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (16 April 2021). "The Queen's Gambit Star Jacob Fortune-Lloyd To Star As Beatles Manager Brian Epstein In Midas Man". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 19 November 2021. Retrieved 25 November 2021.
  4. ^ Grater, Tom; Wiseman, Andreas (29 July 2021). "Brian Epstein Pic Midas Man Pre-Sells To Signature In UK & Ireland; Deals Also Struck For Aus, France, More". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on 9 November 2021. Retrieved 25 November 2021.
  5. ^ Grater, Tom (9 September 2021). "Emily Watson, Eddie Marsan & Omari Douglas Join Beatles Manager Biopic Midas Man". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 28 November 2021.
  6. ^ Grater, Tom (21 October 2021). "Rosie Day To Play Cilla Black In Beatles Manager Biopic Midas Man; First Look At Jacob Fortune-Lloyd As Brian Epstein". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 24 October 2021. Retrieved 25 November 2021.
  7. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (28 October 2021). "Son Of Rambow & X-Men: First Class Star Bill Milner Joins Midas Man As Clive Epstein". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on 6 November 2021. Retrieved 25 November 2021.
  8. ^ Daniels, Nia (11 October 2021). "Filming begins on Brian Epstein biopic, Midas Man". Kemps Film and TV Production Services Handbook. Retrieved 18 December 2021.
  9. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (2 November 2021). "Help! Beatles Manager Movie Midas Man Shuts Down Mid-Shoot With Director Jonas Akerlund Unlikely To Continue". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on 24 November 2021. Retrieved 25 November 2021.
  10. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (18 November 2021). "Beatles Manager Movie Midas Man Hires New Director Mid-Shoot; Filmmaker Jonas Akerlund Issues Statement". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on 24 November 2021. Retrieved 25 November 2021.
  11. ^ a b Wiseman, Andreas (24 November 2021). "Beatles Actors Revealed For Brian Epstein Movie Midas Man, First Look Images". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on 25 November 2021. Retrieved 25 November 2021.
  12. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (22 November 2021). "Jay Leno To Play Ed Sullivan In Beatles Manager Movie Midas Man". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on 23 November 2021. Retrieved 25 November 2021.
  13. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (13 December 2021). "Beatles Manager Movie Midas Man Won't Restart Filming Until Late January". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on 13 December 2021. Retrieved 13 December 2021.

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