14 April 2010
It is interesting to think what kind of music they would have come up with.
- A Day in The Shire
- Think For Your Elf
- The Continuing Story Of Bun-Gollum Bill
- Shelob's You
- Hey Balrog
- Orc! Darling
The possibilities are endless…
8 November 2012
25 August 2012
Surely George Martin would be Gandalf?
By that logic, then Pete Best should've been Gollum.
Or Yoko as Gollum
In terms of The Beatles' relationship to Pete compared to Middle-Earth lore, it makes more sense for him to play Gollum. Assuming the 4 Beatles would play the 4 hobbits (and that Ringo would be Sam), Pete is the ideal outcast trying to get back into the group, à la Gollum trying to get back his 'preciousssss.'
5 December 2013
Lord of the rings seems complicated given the Beatles busy schedules, and lack of training as actors. My understanding, from articles I've read is that had a third Walter Shenson- Dick Lester movie been made, they were considering both a western, and I think the three or four Musketeers?
I guess Magical Mystery Tour is what happened instead. Good album, kind of a bad movie, although the new restored, higher rez MMT is ok, I mean it's the bloody Beatles! They only did five movies so I guess they are all special.
8 November 2012
1 November 2013
20 August 2013
Q&A: Peter Jackson On His Middle Earth Exit, How The Beatles And Stanley Kubrick Nearly Did LOTR, And A Disguise That Let Him Haunt Comic-Con
a little bit from the article
DEADLINE: …The reality today is, the professor J.R.R. Tolkien sold the rights to both The Hobbit and The Lord Of The Rings when he was an old man in his late 60s. They both went to UA. This was after The Beatles went after them…
DEADLINE: The Beatles?
JACKSON: Really. The Beatles once approached Stanley Kubrick to do The Lord Of The Rings. This was before Tolkien sold the rights. They approached him and he said no. I actually spoke about this with Paul McCartney. He confirmed it. I’d heard rumors that it was going to be their next film after Help. John Lennon was going to play Gollum. Paul was going to play Frodo. George Harrison was going to play Gandalf, and Ringo Starr was going to play Sam. And a lot of other people were going to play other roles. Paul was very gracious; he said, ‘It was a good job we never made ours because then you wouldn't have made yours and it was great to see yours.’ I said, ‘It’s the songs I feel badly about; you guys would have banged out a few good tunes for this. You were The Beatles, after all. It’s a shame we missed out.’ Tolkien sold the rights to UA in 1968 or ’69, the only work of his he sold.
Another news story about this:
18 October 2013
I was aware at the time………It was mentioned in various places…..'The Beatles Monthly' for sure.
As a fan of the group and the book I was glad they didn't take it on, it isn't a fit. TLOTR had an almost spiritual effect on us hippies. Tolkien took it even more seriously than that.
I know that much later Paul had an interest in making, Roald Dahl's 'Danny The Champion of The World' he's such a great dad himself it's a pity that idea didn't float.
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