The Beatles Wanted to Produce a Lord of the Rings Movie

Peter Jackson has revealed that The Beatles approached J.R.R. Tolkien forty years ago with a request to produce a movie version of The Lord of the Rings. Tolkien turned them down:

[...]John Lennon wanted to play the role of the avaricious creature Gollum and Paul McCartney was to play Frodo Baggins in a proposed '60s Beatles movie version of J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy that never reached fruition. In fact, says Jackson, it was the author himself who nixed the plan. "It was something John was driving and J.R.R. Tolkien still had the film rights at that stage, but he didn't like the idea of the Beatles doing it. So he killed it," Jackson told the newspaper. George Harrison would have played the role that eventually went to Sir Ian McKellen, that of the wise wizard Gandalf, and Ringo Starr would have been Frodo's devoted sidekick, Sam.


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I'm glad he said no. I love the Beatles and I love Tolkien, but I think they operate (yes, present tense) in completely separate circles. Also, since it would probably have been the first LOTR film if it had gone ahead (the fairly terrible Ralph Bakshi ones were done in the 80s), I think it would have been completely different to the style and mood of the book.

But I would have liked to see John as Gollum and George as Gandalf, in parody style. I wonder who the other characters would have been played by? I imagine Keith Moon may have made a good Gimli, possibly Bob Dylan as Aragorn, a worn and wise hero?
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Would've been quite a spoof! Just imagine the musical interludes...
"Hey! You've got to hide the ring away."
"The long and winding road, that leads to Mordor."
"Across the Middle Earth."
I could go on...
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@Redjack: Big deal. I knew it before the Beatles knew they wanted to do it. In fact, I knew it before JRR Tolkein had even writen the Lord of the Rings. Guess that makes me cooler than you.
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