The Beatles were not allowed to make the Lord Of The Rings show by the author, claims Peter Jackson

Tolkien ‘said no to Beatles musical’: Fab Four weren’t allowed to make Lord Of The Rings show by author, claims Peter Jackson

  • Peter Jackson won three Oscars with the Lord Of The Rings film trilogy
  • But he revealed that The Beatles almost made a musical version in 1968
  • Sir Paul McCartney admitted he’s glad the plans never materialized
  • Jackson said Lord Of The Rings author JRR Tolkien put an end to the plans


When Peter Jackson turned the Lord Of The Rings books into a blockbuster movie trilogy, he won three Oscars.

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

The Beatles wanted to trade Abbey Road for the Shire in the 1960s, but JRR Tolkien prevented the Fab Four from making a musical for Middle Earth.

Sir Paul McCartney has now admitted he is ‘glad’ that the plans – which would include him playing Frodo – never materialized.

When Peter Jackson turned the Lord Of The Rings books into a blockbuster movie trilogy, he won three Oscars. But the director has expressed his disappointment that the Fab Four didn’t get there first (Jackson pictured in 2019)

The Beatles wanted to trade Abbey Road for the Shire in the 1960s, but JRR Tolkien prevented the Fab Four from making a musical for Middle Earth.  Sir Paul McCartney (pictured November 16 in London) has now admitted that he

The Beatles wanted to trade Abbey Road for the Shire in the 1960s, but JRR Tolkien prevented the Fab Four from making a musical for Middle Earth. Sir Paul McCartney (pictured November 16 in London) has now admitted he is “glad” that the plans – which would include him playing Frodo – never materialized.

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) kept 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. But Tolkien (pictured in 1967) kept the plans from getting off the ground.

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 have to do yours and I liked your film’.

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

“That would have been 14 or 15 Beatles songs that were incredible to listen to.”

When Peter Jackson turned the Lord Of The Rings books into a blockbuster movie trilogy, he won three Oscars, but said the Beatles were seriously considering making a Lord Of The Rings musical in early 1968.

When Peter Jackson turned the Lord Of The Rings books into a blockbuster movie trilogy, he won three Oscars, but said the Beatles were seriously considering making a Lord Of The Rings musical in early 1968.

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, then in his mid-70s, kept the plans from getting off the ground.

“They couldn’t get the rights because he didn’t like the idea of ​​a pop group telling his story,” Jackson said.

“So it didn’t work for him.

“They gave it some serious thought in early 1968.”

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

The project, created with the collaboration 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 flipped through 60 hours of footage of the band recording Let It Be from 1970.  The project, created with the collaboration 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 flipped through 60 hours of footage of the band recording Let It Be from the 1970s. The project, created with the collaboration of surviving band members Sir Paul, 79, and Ringo Starr, 81, is now available on the web streaming service Disney+

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