To the surprise of no one who was paying attention, THE FIFTH BEATLE by Vivek J. Tiwary, Andrew Robinson and Kyle Baker is being made into a movie. Payton Reed (The Break-Up and Bring It ON) will direct. While many claim to be the Fifth Beatle, this one is about manager Brian Epstein, who managed the Beatles to worldwide success before killing himself. Tivary wrote the book and a screenplay and is a heavy hitter Tony-winning Broadway producer, and this film will have lots of Beatles songs in it, and would also make a dandy Broadway show at some point. The GN, which is very good, was kinda proof of concept for the movie, but hey, it seems to have worked this time.
Director Bryan Singer tweeted
— Bryan Singer (@BryanSinger) December 5, 2013
and pulses raced, and then it was confirmed, that X-Men: Apocalypse will open on May 27, 2016. Apocalypse is, if course, one of the major X-villains, with the Age of Apocalypse storyline from 1995 being one of the biggest X-storyline ever, written by everyone from Scott Lobdell to Mark Waid to Warren Ellis. It’s another one of those popular “alternate history” stories that involves all out mutant war, so we now have casting speculation to last us right into the next mid-term elections.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.