The live-action adaptation of “The Fifth Beatle” is now being developed as a TV miniseries, as reported Monday by Deadline. The graphic novel, which tells the story of Beatles manager Brian Epstein, has been optioned by Sonar Entertainment as a “multi-part event series.”
Vivek Tiwary, who wrote the graphic novel, will write the adaptation and executive produce. Previously, “The Fifth Beatle,” illustrated by Andrew Robinson and Kyle Baker, was in development as a feature film. Deadline notes that the series will “Tiwary’s access to the Lennon/McCartney song catalog.”
“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,” Tiwary said in a statement. “We’re going to do wonderful things with the extra creative room afforded to us and I’m thrilled to be working with Sonar to take advantage of all the exciting elements this format has to offer.”
“The Fifth Beatle” center on Epstein’s experience with the iconic rock band, and his struggles with being gay at a time when homosexual acts were criminalized. Released in 2013 by Dark Horse Comics, the graphic novel received multiple major awards, including the Eisner Award for Best Reality-Based Work.