Filming on the project began last month in Liverpool with cast including The Queen’s Gambit co-star Jacob Fortune-Lloyd as Epstein, Emily Watson, Eddie Marsan, Lukas Gage, Rosie Day and Bill Milner.
“The director of Midas Man Jonas Akerlund is taking a break from the film,” the production told Deadline. “Until some matters become clearer, we are not able to add any further comment to this statement. In the meantime, we can confirm that filming of Midas Man will continue in London in November before breaking for Christmas. Filming will restart in early January in Los Angeles.”
Sources close to the production have told us it is unlikely Swedish filmmaker Akerlund returns to direct the project, and we understand there are discussions underway with a new director.
We hear that the departure is not health related but is connected in part to other work commitments getting in the way of the project. We have reached out to Akerlund’s reps for comment. There might be more to come here.
Sources on the movie have told us that HODs and crew have been given a week’s notice of termination, with their last day being this Friday, November 5. Crew members have been told that the aim is to restart “in coming months.” We understand there has been at least one additional producer brought on to help the project since it started, but the production tells us that finance remains in place to complete the film.
Filmmaker and music director Akerlund is best known for movies such as Lords of Chaos and Polar with Mads Mikkelsen, and music videos for the likes of Paul McCartney, Madonna, Beyonce, Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift. He also was due to have an input on the soundtrack of Midas Man.
Midas Man charts Epstein’s role in the cultural revolution and creative explosion of the 1960s and his sizable yet often-unheralded influence on pop music. He was the Beatles’ manager from 1962 until his death in 1967 at age 32. He also managed British Invasion acts Gerry and the Pacemakers and Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas.
The movie is being produced by StudioPOW and Trevor Beattie Films. Twickenham Studios Chairman Sunny Vohra and former Lionsgate UK President Nicola Pearcey are among exec-producers. It is being produced in association with Er Dong Pictures which is due to distribute the film in Greater China. Mister Smith is handling world sales. The original screenplay is based on a screen story by Brigit Grant and written by Jonathan Wakeham.
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