JRR Tolkien snubbed The Beatles’ request to film a Lord Of The Rings movie in 1968

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After the unforeseen madness of the past 18 months, very little surprises us anymore, but we must confess that ‘JRR Tolkien snubs John Lennon’s offer to play Gollum in a Beatles-directed film of The Lord Of The Rings saga’ wasn’t a sentence that we envisaged typing out today. And yet, here we are. 

As film director Peter Jackson’s much-anticipated, three-part, eight-hour Beatles documentary The Beatles: Get Back debuts on the Disney + channel, Jackson has been conducting  an extensive promotional campaign for the film, which has served up some fascinating titbits of information about a band we all thought we knew everything about. Among these is the revelation that The Beatles were super-keen to adapt JRR Tolkien’s epic fantasy saga for the big screen, and were looking at Stanley Kubrick to direct before their approach was nixed by Tolkien himself.


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