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Coelacanth Supporting Member of TMP22 Aug 2017 7:18 p.m. PST

Mind you, I have not fact-checked this: link


Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP22 Aug 2017 11:08 p.m. PST

Sorry, but when you sell the rights, you sign away the rights to influence the production.
The way I read the story elsewhere, they just couldn't get financing.

Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP23 Aug 2017 12:03 a.m. PST

I do not know if Tolkien in fact disliked the Beatles, but I do know that the passing whim the Fab Four had toward acquiring the rights to LOTR and making this a Beatles flick didn't progress very far at all, and prompted more empty speculation than serious pre-production work. I doubt this even lasted as long as their momentary enthusiasm for buying that island in Greece in 1967 and setting up a commune/studio for themselves and their families and retainers.

Gone Fishing23 Aug 2017 12:00 p.m. PST

I've never heard JRRT disliked The Beatles specifically, but he certainly loathed both rock and hippies, so they might well have been included under that umbrella.

goragrad23 Aug 2017 12:57 p.m. PST

Remember hearing about this back in the day but as a passing rumor.

Considering the Bakshi effort as the state of the art at the time, doubt it would have gone well.

VCarter Supporting Member of TMP23 Aug 2017 1:08 p.m. PST

The Beatles doing Tolkien – "The Horror".

But, down in the comments is a link to a write up on the Boorman LOTR script.


Well worth the read.

Personal logo piper909 Supporting Member of TMP23 Aug 2017 2:22 p.m. PST

Did some reading of these discussion board comments. If this 1970 Boorman script is legit -- it sounds dreadful. (And this is long before ZARDOZ!)

This script and arrangement with United Artists also post-dates the time the Beatles expressed possible interest in the project.

Winston Smith Supporting Member of TMP23 Aug 2017 2:24 p.m. PST

Having read the commentary on the Boorman script, all I can think is that we got off lucky. grin

LostPict Supporting Member of TMP29 Aug 2017 1:21 p.m. PST

Boorman Gandalf?

Bob Runnicles30 Aug 2017 6:15 a.m. PST

Hey I won't hear a bad word said about Nicol Williamson's Merlin, okay? ;)

John Leahy01 Sep 2017 10:43 a.m. PST

Agreed! Nicol made Excalibur!

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