A more recent quote -- from an interview on August 26, 2004 with Latino Review:
"I have also been developing, for about eight years, a project from Brian Epstein, which I’m still slowly working on" (my italics - ch)
From NME.com: THE LIFE OF BRIAN
Actor JUDE LAW is already preparing for his film role as legendary The Beatles manager BRIAN EPSTEIN by researching a set of his journals.
For years the Oscar-nominated star has been fascinated by the pop impresario, who died in mysterious circumstances at the height of Beatlemania in 1967 aged 32. Now Law has purchased a set of the svengali's journals from an auction.
He said: "They run from when he was 15 until he was 27, with sketches and odd little notes - very funny. He was quite a personality."
A representative for the surviving Beatles said both Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr would welcome the forthcoming film.
McCartney's spokesperson Geoff Baker said: "Paul has said if anyone was the fifth Beatle it was Brian Epstein.
"I am sure he and Ringo would welcome this film. There is a whole generation of Beatles fans who do not know about Brian and the role he played."