- TREVOR BEATTIE FILMS and STUDIOPOW TO PRODUCE
LONDON: (02 July 2020) – Trevor Beattie Films and StudioPOW today announce MIDAS MAN the first feature film to tell the true and truly extraordinary story of the visionary music manager and impresario BRIAN EPSTEIN, charting his role in the cultural revolution and creative explosion of the 1960s. The film will highlight his unparalleled yet often unheralded influence on pop music, and its colossal impact worldwide.
BRIAN EPSTEIN – Star Maker Extraordinaire – took the music industry by storm at the tender age of 25. What followed was a dazzling, tumultuous and ultimately tragically short career which saw him discover and guide to extraordinary fame a series of acts, from THE BEATLES and GERRY AND THE PACEMAKERS to BILLY J KRAMER and CILLA BLACK. He opened his own theatre in order to promote and launch the likes of JIMI HENDRIX, THE WHO, CREAM and PINK FLOYD many of whom performed on the same bill.
MIDAS MAN is an emotional, witty, heartfelt story of the joy of success and the terrifying pressures of unspeakable risk and unfulfilled desire. This is the first, last and definitive big-screen telling of the story of the man from Liverpool with the Midas Touch, whose influence on popular music and culture resounds to this day.
MIDAS MAN will be directed by internationally acclaimed filmmaker JONAS ÅKERLUND (POLAR, LORDS OF CHAOS). The multiple-Grammy winning director for Best Music Films (PAUL MCCARTNEY, MADONNA, BEYONCE, LADY GAGA, BLONDIE, TAYLOR SWIFT and many others) is steeped in both music and film culture, making him uniquely placed to bring this outstanding real story to life. Åkerlund will also put together the film’s iconic soundtrack.
Jonas Åkerlund said: “Brian Epstein’s story has everything I’m looking for in a story…. it’s all about Brian’s singularity for me. I love that Brian seemed to know every step of the way what no one else knew, he saw things that no one else saw. His vision was astonishing, he created a culture that didn’t exist. The film is more like touring Brian’s mind and what it was like to be him than how one thing led to another chronologically. I want to bring him back to life.”
MIDAS MAN is produced by TREVOR BEATTIE and JEREMY CHATTERTON at TREVOR BEATTIE FILMS (ATTACKING THE DEVIL, NUREYEV, SPITFIRE) and KEVIN PROCTOR and PERRY TREVERS at StudioPOW (FUNNY COW, CORDELIA). PETER DUNNE and MARK BORKOWSKI are executive producers. TWICKENHAM STUDIOS Chairman and co-owner SUNNY VOHRA and Managing
Partner JEREMY RAINBIRD will also serve as executive producers. Midas Man is being produced in association with ER DONG PICTURES who will also be distributing the film in Greater China.
Trevor Beattie said: “Brian Epstein lived an epic life. He was a remarkable man whose life’s work was to make others more remarkable. Jonas Åkerlund is the perfect director for MIDAS MAN. He has a rock & roll heart. Jonas understands music and the music industry. He has spent years wrangling a lot of Brian Epstein wannabes and now he gets to bring the original Star Maker back to life.”
Perry Trevers said: “Studio POW is delighted to be producing this exciting project about a quite remarkable man. Brian Epstein was a man of huge cultural importance and this is the right time to tell his story. With the wonderful Jonas Åkerlund as our Director, MIDAS MAN is set to be a cinematic feast.”
Mr Fan Yang, CEO, Er Dong Pictures Group said: “Er Dong is delighted to be both investing in and Distributing Midas Man in Greater China. The story of Brian Epstein is remarkable and one that we are excited to be able to help tell. China is a growing market and we believe that there will be huge excitement within China for this amazing story. Er Dong Pictures is a fast growing and ambitious company whose forward looking global vision to create modern, fashionable and innovative stories fits perfectly with the story of Brian Epstein.”
This original screenplay based on a true story is written by BRIGIT GRANT (RED TOP) and JONATHAN WAKEMAN (MISANTHROPE). The casting director is DAN HUBBARD CDG CSA (ANGEL HAS FALLEN, HELLBOY, LARA CROFT: TOMB RAIDER).
Worldwide sales for MIDAS MAN will be managed by Mister Smith Entertainment whose founder David Garrett will spearhead the international sales campaign.
MIDAS MAN will be shot in London, Liverpool and the United States for release in 2021.