Did You Know: The Beatles Asked Stanley Kubrick to Direct Them in a 'Lord of the Rings' Movie?

Did You Know: The Beatles Asked Stanley Kubrick to Direct Them in a 'Lord of the Rings' Movie?

Dec 20, 2011

Since today is the day when the first trailer for Peter Jackson's The Hobbit arrives online, we thought it might be fitting to dig up some old trivia regarding previous big-screen Lord of the Rings adaptations that never came to be. Like the one The Beatles wanted to stage with Stanley Kubrick as its director. The story goes that when the film rights for Lord of the Rings were sold to United Artists in 1969, The Beatles approached the director of A Clockwork Orange and 2001: A Space Odyssey and asked if he'd be willing to direct them in a Lord of the Rings movie.

As completely off-the-wall and trippy as that might sound today after Jackson's action-packed trilogy, back in the late-60s The Lord of the Rings was all sorts of hippie-fied. Everyone was throwing LOtR references into their work, most notably bands like Led Zeppelin, whose lyrics (in some cases) were inspired by the Tolkien works. Unfortunately for The Beatles, though, Kubrick passed on the proposal, telling John Lennon that he thought the story was unfilmable.

Naturally that hasn't stopped fans from imagining what such a collaboration would've looked like had Kubrick taken on the assignment. Though we don't know what the final product would've looked like, chances are strong that it would've altered the career trajectories of both parties, at the very least. Here are a few fan-made posters for Kubrick's Lord of the Rings, courtesy of a Super Punch contest from back in January.

What do you think a Stanley Kubrick-directed, Beatles-starring Lord of the Rings movie would've looked like?

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