Peyton Reed has signed on to direct The Fifth Beatle, which follows the life of The Beatles manager Brian Epstein.

We first reported on the project last October, when it was announced that this adaptation of Vivek J. Tiwary's graphic novel would be given full access to The Beatles music library. The story follows the life of Brian Epstein, who discovered The Beatles, helped secure their first record deal, and guided them to worldwide stardom. The plot will also explore his issues with sexuality and religion. Brian Epstein passed away in 1967 at the age of 32.

Here's what the director had to say about the story in a statement.

"From the moment I read Vivek's graphic novel, I knew I wanted to be the person to bring Brian's story to the big screen. I'm a lifelong Beatles fan, obviously, but it's Brian's fascinating life that really blew me away and drew me to this project. He's the ultimate outsider who, against all odds, became the ultimate insider. He was responsible for shepherding the most popular artistic expression of "love" in the history of modern culture, and yet he wasn't allowed to express his own love during that time."

Vivek J. Tiwary wrote the screenplay adaptation and is producing with Bruce Cohen. Production will begin sometime next year.

Peyton Reed's directorial credits include Bring It On, The Break-Up and Yes Man.