Former American Idol judge Simon Cowell is set to produce the biopic of Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein, A LIFE IN THE DAY. He’ll produce through his SYCO banner with Adam Milano. Cowell is partnering with IM Global’s Stuart Ford. They join producers David Permut of Permut Presentations and Dylan Sellers of Rivers Edge Films.
The film, from a script by Tony Gittelson, tells the true story of Epstein, who while selling records out of his father’s appliance store in Liverpool discovered a band he could make “Bigger than Elvis.” Epstein managed the band until his untimely death in 1967 from an apparent drug overdose.
Nicholas Hoult and Jack O’Connell were previously circling the project, to star as Epstein and Lennon, respectively, as was director Justin Chadwick (The Other Boleyn Girl). Producers appear to be eyeing a big name director for the project, however, and are making that a priority before confirming any casting.
Cowell, of course, made a name for himself as the notoriously tough judge on the reality singing competition American Idol. He’s produced and starred in multiple successful series since, including Britain’s Got Talent and The X Factor. His SYCO company currently has a production and distribution pact with Sony, which could meant that Cowell’s involvement in A Life in the Day may find distribution through the Culver City studio.
Cowell is involved in a handful of feature projects, including the drama Delinquents, which tells the story of a group of boys who meet in detention and go on to form a band, and the animated comedy Betty Boop, based on the Max Fleischer cartoon.
Cowell is repped by WME.
Josh Lyons | Managing Editor