Tolkien’said non to Beatles music’: Peter Jackson claimed that the author prevented the Fab Four making Lord Of The Rings.

  • Peter Jackson was nominated for three Oscars in the Lord Of The Rings trilogy film trilogy.
  • He revealed, however that the Beatles had almost created a musical version of it in 1968.
  • Sir Paul McCartney acknowledged that he was glad that the plans did not come to pass
  • Jackson stated that Lord Of The Rings author JRR Tolkien stopped Jackson from pursuing the plan










Peter Jackson earned three Oscars when he made the Lord Of The Rings films into a blockbuster trilogy.

But the director has told of his disappointment that the Fab Four didn’t get there first.

JRR Tolkien stopped the Beatles’ plans to switch Abbey Road for Shire during the Sixties.

Sir Paul McCartney has now admitted he is ‘glad’ the plans – which included him playing Frodo – never came to fruition.

Peter Jackson won three Oscars for his transformation of the Lord Of The Rings book series into blockbuster films. But the director has told of his disappointment that the Fab Four didn’t get there first (Jackson pictured in 2019)

The Beatles wanted to swap Abbey Road for the Shire in the Sixties, but JRR Tolkien blocked the Fab Four from making a Middle Earth musical. Sir Paul McCartney (pictured November 16 in London) has now admitted he is ¿glad¿ the plans ¿ which included him playing Frodo ¿ never came to fruition.

JRR Tolkien prevented the Beatles from creating a Middle Earth musical. Sir Paul McCartney (pictured November 16 in London) has now admitted he is ‘glad’ the plans – which included him playing Frodo – never came to fruition.

Denis O¿Dell, a producer on the band¿s previous films, came up with the idea of a Lord Of The Rings musical after the group read the books while staying at an ashram in India. But Tolkien (pictured in 1967) prevented the plans from getting off the ground.

Denis O’Dell, a producer on the band’s previous films, came up with the idea of a Lord Of The Rings musical after the group read the books while staying at an ashram in India. However, Tolkien (pictured 1967) stopped the project from moving forward.

Jackson, whose latest project is a three-part Beatles documentary, told the BBC: ‘Paul said, “I’m glad we didn’t do it, because you got to do yours and I liked your film”. 

‘But I said to him, “Well, it’s a shame you didn’t do it, because it would have been a musical”.

‘That would have been 14 or 15 Beatles songs that would have been pretty incredible to listen to.’ 

When Peter Jackson turned the Lord Of The Rings books into a blockbuster film trilogy, he ended up with three Oscars, but said the Beatles were seriously contemplating doing a Lord Of The Rings musical at the beginning of 1968.

Peter Jackson won three Oscars for his Lord Of The Rings film trilogy. But he said that the Beatles were considering doing a Lord Of The Rings musical when he turned them into blockbuster films.

Denis O’Dell, a producer on the band’s previous films, came up with the idea of a Lord Of The Rings musical after the group read the books while staying at an ashram in India.

However, Tolkien was in his late 70s and prevented plans from moving forward.

‘They couldn’t get the rights, because he didn’t like the idea of a pop group doing his story,’ Jackson said. 

‘So it got nixed by him. 

‘For a moment in time they were seriously contemplating doing that at the beginning of 1968.’

For his three-part documentary The Beatles: Get Back, Jackson sifted through 60 hours of footage of the band recording 1970’s Let It Be.

It was created with the help of Sir Paul, 79 and Ringo, 81.

For his three-part documentary The Beatles: Get Back, Jackson sifted through 60 hours of footage of the band recording 1970¿s Let It Be. The project, made with the co-operation of surviving band members Sir Paul, 79, and Ringo Starr, 81, is now available on the web streaming service Disney+

For his three-part documentary The Beatles: Get Back, Jackson sifted through 60 hours of footage of the band recording 1970’s Let It Be. This project was made possible by the cooperation of Sir Paul (79) and Ringo Starr (81).

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