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The Hobbit - Production Chronicles


Dec 21 2020, 1:30am

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The Hobbit - Production Chronicles Can't Post


Not sure if I saw this one. Note comment -

"li Gallagher
1 week ago
As it happens, Tolkien never lived near The Beatles. The Beatles were in Liverpool and then London, Tolkien was living in Oxford. When Tolkien says "Beatle group", I believe he's merely using it as an expression for "Beatle-like-group" or simply "Rock group". The Beatles not only never lived in Oxford, but they certainly never lived together! As both a Beatles and Tolkien fan, I find the connection fascinating. But I do believe the only real connection was them pitching the film."

(This post was edited by Eruonen on Dec 21 2020, 1:34am)

Chen G.

Dec 22 2020, 6:46pm

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I don't even believe there was a connection [In reply to] Can't Post

The story about Tolkien having turned the Beatles down from producing a Lord of the Rings adaptation comes from Sir Paul McCartney's memories.

However, the best account of the project comes not from McCartney but from their producer at the time, Denis O'Dell and he's entirely mum on the notion of Tolkien himself shutting down the project: he just says that he couldn't get a "star" director involved - having tried Sir David Lean, Stanley Kubrick and Michaelangelo Antinioni - and that the band members eventually lost interest.

Indeed, it seems unlikely that Tolkien would have said no, because he was already neck-deep into selling the rights to United Artists, a deal which would conclude shortly thereafter. I doubt he even knew that UA were planning on producing for the Beatles.

When John Boorman was commissioned to adapt the books in 1969, the idea of the Beatles starring was still around - I believe that's why Boorman's script has so much singing - and its possible that their breakup (which only became known in 1970) led to the death of Boorman's production.

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Dec 22 2020, 10:52pm

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All I can say is that a huge bullet was missed in those early ideas [In reply to] Can't Post

I am also glad that Del Torro did not complete The Hobbit - though some of his plans made sense - I just did not like his attitude about fantasy, some of his designs and possibly the feel of the film as hinted at......though Jackson has some well deserved criticism I do understand the time crunch and studio pressures.

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