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Lord of The Rings, starring The Beatles
19 September 2015
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tbh, i wouldn't be disappointed if the Beatles weren't with each other too often. I'd like to see this as a Lord of the Rings film, not a Beatles film.

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Kubrick is amazing and his movies are amazingly amazing... But i would prefer Richard Lester:

Lester + the Beatles + Lord of the rings = Discworld

that would  be priceless...

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I heard the movie wasn't made because J. R. R. Tolkien didn't want his books turned onto movies.  However, when he died his son let LOTR movies be made.

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meanmistermustard said
I really tried to read TLOTR series but after 100 pages of endless description with little happening, they were in the forest still, i gave up. Tried the movies and was even more bored. Interest dead.  

Finally, somebody says it out loud @meanmistermustard. I’ll never understand what my daughter saw in those books, or the movies. She made me watch one of them (there are several right? Or am I wrong) and I said to her: I think this movie is about the loss of innocence, that is what happens to Frodo through his journey. She was maybe twelve, but she intuited what I was talking about. So the topic is interesting –but the prose, or the extremely long movies, are a bit too much.  

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meanmistermustard said
I think it ended completely due to copyright issues. However they were bored senseless hanging around all the time during Help ! and they had done the film scene.

I really tried to read TLOTR series but after 100 pages of endless description with little happening, they were in the forest still, i gave up. Tried the movies and was even more bored. Interest dead.  

Perhaps Tolkien had a case of not being able to see the forest for the trees? a-hard-days-night-george-10

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Perhaps Tolkien had a case of not being able to see the forest for the trees? a-hard-days-night-george-10  

Actually I think that's reasonably accurate, he often got obsessed with detail to the detriment of completing whole stories. I sympathise with everyone who doesn't get it, and I'm well over trying to enthuse others about Tolkien. But actually he didn't have problems with selling the rights, it was just difficult to get a deal settled and by contrast Christopher Tolkien was for decades the chief barrier apart from the sheer difficulty of making it work at all. When one of his own relatives got a minor part in the movie by all accounts he practically disowned them for years until someone finally talked sense into him (and from what I gather that was the same situation with his own son but they eventually patched it up).

But Tolkien is just one of those divisive authors. You either get him or you don't. Some of the people who think they get him are still what he described as "my dreadful following", so it's not all bad brian-epstein

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Not as bad as the Wheel of Time series.

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[in reply to post 46 above] I guess it's kind of like Pink Floyd -- there's a devoted cult of people who love it to death, and others who just don't get it and wonder how anyone could. And the inevitable 'knows one song -- is favourite band' types that irritate the real hardcores. 

Hmm... by that reasoning, I should like LOTR... a-hard-days-night-paul-7

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Kubrick also felt that there was no way this movie could be done in the 1960s due to special effects.

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I wonder what Beatles songs would've been used, if any at all. Also, Lord Of The Rings needs a Heavy Metal/Progressive Rock soundtrack, not a song like Help ! or Can't Buy Me Love , they should use someone like Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, or Queen.

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Why does it need heavy metal? There are already songs written in the book that could be adapted.

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Re: Tolkien dwelling on detail, I agree to a point. I've read the LOTR trilogy in two languages and both were difficult to get into at first, in part due to the slow pace, and also because the antwacky language really took some getting used to (especially in English). I suppose the endless details could very well be why I never finished the Hobbit (also, Too Many People !), let alone the Silmarillion, which reads more like an encyclopaedia than anything. By the time I was halfway through the explanation of Elvish languages, I was well and truly bored. But, once I got past the first chapters of the trilogy, I found the books extremely fascinating, and I couldn't stop reading. They're still very high on my list of favourite books.

On topic, I don't know whether I love or hate the idea of LOTR starring the Beatles. It could be nice, I suppose, but Paul as Frodo? Paul who can't act his way out of a paper bag if his life depended on it? Gandalf with a thick Speke accent might be a laugh, though, and it seems like an alright role for George to play.  I'm sure John would have loved hamming it up as Gollum as well. Ringo as Sam (basically the servant) might be a bit awkward... I'd sooner see him as Merry or Pippin since they were pretty much the comic relief and Ringo would have been great at that. I get why they'd cast him as Sam, since they'd want the Beatles to cover the most important characters, but still... Why not the other way around? Anyway, we probably should be glad it never happened.

 

P.S. I am very curious to hear why LOTR should have a heavy metal soundtrack. Makes no sense to me at all. Especially if we're talking about that hypothetical Beatles version. 

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