Peter Jackson to direct a Beatles film

Peter Jackson to direct a Beatles film
Jan 30 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 1/30/2019 12:35:06 PM IST

 It’s a little-known fact that in the 1960s, The Beatles tried to obtain the film rights to The Lord of the Rings.

John Lennon wanted to play Gollum, Paul McCartney would have been Frodo, and the band hoped Stanley Kubrick would direct it.

But their plan came to an abrupt halt when JRR Tolkien refused to play ball.

Now, in a strange twist of fate, a new Beatles film is being directed by Peter Jackson - who finally brought The Lord of the Rings to the big screen in 2001.

The Oscar-winning director will bring to life the tense recording sessions for the band’s final album, Let It Be, using 55 hours of unseen studio footage that was shot in 1969.

In a statement, he described the film as “the ultimate ‘fly on the wall’ experience that Beatles fans have long dreamt about”.

He said: “It’s like a time machine transports us back to 1969, and we get to sit in the studio watching these four friends make great music together.”

The footage was originally planned for a television documentary and eventually formed the basis of a feature film, also titled Let It Be.

Although the movie went on to win an Oscar for best original song score, it has long been out of print.


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