Jackson appears to have gotten his information largely proper.
The thought was certainly O’Dell’s, with a view to have the 4 band members showing because the 4 Hobbits. He flew to India to ship the books, which the band members had been urged to learn by mates similar to Donovan, who additionally wished to be part of the challenge. They did certainly break up the studying of the three volumes amongst themselves, sans Ringo who was absent on the day of O’Dell’s arrival.
The Beatles did fantasize about sure roles, though the accounts range as to who was enjoying who, and what roles they promised to which of their mates. Clearly this was all simply daydreaming.
In the meantime, O’Dell had shortlisted three “star administrators”: the primary wasn’t Kubrick however reasonably David Lean, who stated its an “attention-grabbing thought” however was busy in preproduction for Ryan’s Daughter; Kubrick, who needed to be urged to learn the guide on a boat-ride again to the UK from selling 2001 by his daughter. When he arrived he advised O’Dell that the books had been “unfilmable.” McCartney and Lennon went to attempt to persuade him, however could not, and O’Dell later had one other dialog with him, the place he advised him neither he nor anybody else may adapt it.
Different individuals tried throwing their hat within the ring, however O’Dell’s third alternative was Michaelangelo Antonioni, who was stated to have been “eager”, but it surely by no means went any additional. Later, when John Boorman could be connected to the challenge, it was nonetheless meant to be helmed by the 4 Beatles, and it could be that when their breakup turned well-known it contributed to Boorman’s movie being deemed “too costly.”
How the challenge obtained terminated is unclear. Jackson says it was on account of Tolkien’s objections, however O’Dell remembers that the band members simply misplaced curiosity. Its unclear which of the 2 is definitely the case.