In 1968, The Beatles were in the middle of their excursion to India, where they were working on new music. Meanwhile, the group received the Lord of the Rings books from their Apple Corps film producer Denis O’Dell. After that, the Fab Four wanted to get a musical version of the fantastic epics.
The director of the 2000s Lord of the Rings adaptation, Peter Jackson, recently gave a glimpse of what really happened.
He explained, “I gathered little information. I asked Paul about it. Ringo doesn’t remember much.”
The New Zealand director continued: “When [The Beatles] went to Rishikesh and stayed in India, he spent about three months with the Maharishi in early 1968, he sent the books to the Beatles.
“I think there are three, he sent each of the Beatles a book. I don’t think Ringo had one, but John, Paul and George each have a Lord of the Rings book to read in India. . And they were excited about it. “
Despite their enormous fame, money and praise, The Beatles were denied any chance of their adaptation by the author of the books: JRR Tolkien. (via BBC)
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Jackson revealed, “In the end, they couldn’t get the rights to Tolkien, because he didn’t like the idea of a pop group making a big splash. So he rejected it.
“They tried to do it. There’s no question about it. For a while, they seriously considered doing it in early 1968.”
In this long-lost version of The Lord of the Rings, the Fab Four were to embody the heroes of the story.
Jackson then commented on the music the Beatles would have composed for the film.
He said: “What would the Beatles have done with an album from the Lord of the Rings soundtrack?
“It would have been 14 or 15 Beatles songs that would have been pretty amazing to listen to.”
After the Beatles’ version of The Lord of the Rings was not made, Jackson then made his adaptation from 2001.
Jackson has since co-edited a new version of the documentary Let It Be released in 1970.
The new three-part series, Get Back, contains eight hours of new content from the last recording sessions of the band’s album in 1969.
The Beatles Get Back is now on Disney Plus.