The story of The Beatles manager Brian Epstein is coming to TV's BRAVO channel. The BRAVO cable channel and BRAVO Media announced March 9 that they will develop the limited scripted series “The Fifth Beatle,” based on the graphic novel of the same name with Universal Cable Productions and Sonar Entertainment. Vivek J. Tiwary, who wrote “The Fifth Beatle” book, will also write the series and serve as its co-executive producer along with Leopoldo Gout. No air date for the project has been announced.
Tiwary told AXS.com exclusively, “I'm thrilled to be developing 'The Fifth Beatle' with BRAVO -- a network that has long championed LGBTQ rights, gender equality, and female empowerment. Brian Epstein would be proud." It had been previously announced that “The Fifth Beatle” series had also secured the rights to use the Lennon-McCartney song catalog.
Both the TV series and the book are based on the personal life of Beatles manager Brian Epstein, the gay Jewish man who discovered the Beatles in the Cavern Club in Liverpool but died in 1967 at the age of 32. “The Fifth Beatle” graphic novel, which features artwork by Andrew Robinson and Kyle Baker, was originally published by Dark Horse Comics in hardback in 2013 and later issued in paperback in an expanded edition in 2016 with new material added. It is also available digitally.
BRAVO, which is available in 87 million homes nationwide, was first launched in 1980 and has been part of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment since 2002. It features scripted shows “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce” and “Imposters,” along with numerous reality shows. UniversalCable's past and present stable of shows include “Mr. Robot,” “The Sinner,” “Monk” and “Psych.” Sonar's shows include “Mr. Mercedes,” which airs on the Audience network.