Louis Theroux just reminded everyone that The Beatles once wanted to make a ‘Lord of the Rings’ film

With John Lennon starring as Gollum, of course

The Beatles‘ proposed film adaptation of Lord of the Rings has been brought to light once again after Louis Theroux asked his followers on Twitter this morning  (July 31) about the validity of the story.

Theroux retweeted a post from the Quite Interesting account today which briefly outlined The Fab Four’s intention to make a Lord of the Rings film in the 1960s, with the tweet adding that John Lennon had wanted to star in the movie as Gollum. However, they were eventually refused permission to make the film by author J. R. R. Tolkien.


One of Theroux’s followers then provided more background on the plans, including the fact that The Beatles had approached Stanley Kubrick to direct the live-action film and that Paul McCartney wanted to play Frodo. Ringo Starr and George Harrison had hoped to play Samwise Gamgee and Gandalf respectively.

The Lord of the Rings‘ eventual director, Peter Jackson, explained more to Wellington’s Evening Post newspaper about the plans back in 2002.

“It was something John was driving and J.R.R. Tolkien still had the film rights at that stage, but he didn’t like the idea of the Beatles doing it. So he killed it,” Jackson said, adding: “There probably would’ve been some good songs coming off the [soundtrack] album.” [via People]

This week, a new academic study claimed that McCartney “misremembered” writing The Beatles song ‘In My Life’.