Beatles Biopic Midas Man finds new director in Sara Sugarman

A new biopic focusing on the manager of The Beatles gets a new director. Sara Sugarman will replace Jonas Åkerlund in the director’s seat of Midas mand.

Akerlund left the production of Midas mand for undisclosed reasons, according to Variety, which necessitated the change. According to Deadline (who first reported on the change of director) “Åkerlund took a break from the film”, but it was unlikely that he would return to production. Shooting for Midas mand, which began in October, was temporarily stopped after Åkerlund’s departure. With Sugarman now on board, production is scheduled to resume next week.

Midas mand will tell the story of The Beatles through the perspective of their manager, Brian Epstein (Jacob Fortune Lloyd), the man responsible for making the band a legendary act. Epstein first discovered The Beatles in the music release Mersey Beat, and he met the band at The Cavern Club in Liverpool, England in 1961. After seeing the band perform, he soon proposed to become the band’s manager, and in 1962 joined The Beatles. a five-year deal with Epstein as their manager, and the rest was history.

During his time, he produced The Beatles and other plays such as Cilla Black (which will be played in the film by Rosie day), Epstein had to hide the fact that he was gay because of societal pressures and attitudes around the LGBT community at the time. Epstein died of an overdose in 1967 and was inducted into the Rock n ‘Roll Hall of Fame in 2014 along with legendary Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham.



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Sugarman has just finished production of his latest film, Save the cinema, contributing Tom Felton and Samantha Morton, and has previously spearheaded films such as Vinyl, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, and Versaces house.

Midas mand is produced by Proctor and Perry Trevers at StudioPOW, Trevor Beattie and Jeremy Chatterton at Trevor Beattie Films, and Richard Holmes. Peter Dunne, Nicola Pearcey, and Mark Borkowski act as executive producers next door Sunny Vohra and Jeremy Rainbird. Jonathan Wakeham has written the script based on the screen history from Brigit Grant.

Midas mand is tentatively scheduled to be released in theaters next year.

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