J.R.R. Tolkien Denies the Beatles Making a “Lord of the Rings” Movie

  • The Beatles tried to make music with the Beatles. “Lord of The Rings”Film in the 1960s.
  • J.R.R. Tolkien was the one who wrote The “Lord of The Rings”Trilogy turned down the offer from the band.
  • BBC reports that Paul McCartney was to play Frodo, and John Lennon was Gollum.

The Beatles attempted to make big-screen adaptations of “Lord of The Rings”J.R.R. refused the rights to the fantasy novels to the band in 1968. Peter Jackson, a filmmaker, claims that Tolkien was the author. 

Jackson — who is best known for his sprawling trilogy based on Tolkien’s “Lord of The Rings” series — is currently on the press run for his latest work “The Beatles: Get Back,”A docuseries made from footage of the band recording their last record. “Let It Be,” When he spoke to the BBCHe discovered that Tolkien was a favorite of the four fab friends. 

“I’ve been scraping together little pieces of information. I’ve been interrogating Paul about it. Ringo doesn’t remember much,”Jackson spoke.

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The filmmaker said that copies of the movie were sent to the group. “Lord of The Rings”Books by Denis O’Dell (their producer), when they visited India in late 60s.  

“I expect because there are three, he sent one book to each of the Beatles. I don’t think Ringo got one, but John, Paul, and George each got one ‘Lord of The Rings’ book to read in India. And they got excited about it,”Jackson spoke. 

Jackson stated that Tolkien, author of fantasy novels, wasn’t keen to give big-screen rights over to The Beatles.  

“Ultimately, they couldn’t get the rights from Tolkien, because he didn’t like the idea of a pop group doing his story. So it got nixed by him. They tried to do it. There’s no doubt about it. For a moment in time, they were seriously contemplating doing that at the beginning of 1968.”

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BBC reports that, if the film had gone to production, the cast would have included Paul McCartney as Frodo and John Lennon portraying Gollum. George Harrison portrays Gandalf. Ringo Starr plays Sam. Stanley Kubrick, who was at that time best known for his work with On The Road, was the band’s choice as director. “Lolita,” “Spartacus,”And “2001: A Space Odyssey.”

As I mentioned earlier, a “Lord of The Rings”Peter Jackson finally managed to make a big-screen version of the movie in the early 00s.

He shot all three of his movies famously in his home. “Lord of The Rings”Trilogy simultaneously, entirely in New Zealand. It aired from 11 October 1999 through 22 December 2000. The Trilogy went on to be one of the most popular film series ever, taking home nearly $3 billion worldwide. Jackson ended the spin-off in 2014. “Hobbit”Film series.

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