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New Epstein film to feature original Beatles songs

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A new film about Beatles manager Brian Epstein will include original recordings of Beatles songs, making it the first biopic about the band to have permission to use their music as opposed to cover versions.

The Fifth Beatle will be released in 2015 and follows Epstein's rise from shop assistant to manager of the biggest group in the world.

According to Deadline, this will be the first time a film telling the story of The Fab Four has won the rights to use the iconic band's original songs. Epstein first saw The Beatles perform during his lunch break at The Cavern in Liverpool and managed them until his death by accidental overdose in 1967 at the age of 32.

The Fifth Beatle - the title Paul McCartney gave to Epstein - is being written by Vivek J Tiwary (American Idiot, The Producers) and the film will be produced by American Beauty's Oscar-winning Bruce Cohen.

In 1994's Backbeat, which covered the band's formative years in Hamburg, producers used cover versions recorded by a band which included Dave Grohl, Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore, Mike Mills of R.E.M. and Greg Dulli of The Afghan Whigs.

The Beatles did recently grant permission for their music to be used in a documentary about their longtime secretary, Freda Kelly.

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