Dave Stancliff Imagine the Beatles in ‘Lord of the Rings’ – it almost happened! blogarama.com

Friday, December 26, 2014

Imagine the Beatles in ‘Lord of the Rings’ – it almost happened!

Lord of the Rings

Good Day World!

Try to imagine John Lennon playing Gollum in the Lord of the Rings adaptation.

While your at it, imagine Paul McCartney as Frodo, Ringo Starr as Sam, and George Harrison as Gandalf.

It almost happened! 

Easily one of the strangest movie “what ifs” considered, there was once talk of a Lord of the Rings film adaptation starring The Beatles, with none other than Stanley Kubrick approached to direct.

And it was actually The Beatles — specifically John Lennon — who were adamant about getting a feature film made.

What do you think?

After Apple Films saw the success of Beatles films A Hard Day’s Night, Help!, and Yellow Submarine, the production company knew the kind of potential a Lord of the Rings adaptation might hold, considering Lennon was one of the film’s biggest supporters.

Apple Films would later feel confident enough with both the film’s idea and The Beatles’s interest to approach Kubrick about directing. Kubrick would ultimately turn the offer down because he believed the scope of the film was too big to translate to the screen. (Source)

Time for me to walk on down the road…

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