Producer David Permut has picked up a Tony Gittelson script A Life in the Day, about Brian Epstein, the first Beatles manager who discovered the quartet in 1961 and managed them until 1967, when he died of a drug overdose at 32.
According to Variety, the deal comes at a time when the popularity of the Beatles is soaring with album reissues due next month as well as the launch of "The Beatles: Rock Band" videogame. Disney and Robert Zemeckis are negotiating to remake Yellow Submarine in 3-D performance capture animation.
Permut said he will try to secure certain Beatles songs, but the movie really is about the formation of the band. Epstein, who sold records from his father's appliance store in Liverpool, heard the Beatles on his lunch break at the Cavern Club and became relentless in his pursuit of a record deal for the quartet. "Everybody turned down the band, even though Brian promised they would become bigger than Elvis, and he finally got George Martin at EMI to change his mind and give them an audition," said Permut.
No production date has been set.