20 December 2011 2:14 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

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...

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