Beatles' Paul McCartney Was Approached To Score SILVER SURFER Movie That Never Was

A year ago, Sean Howe, author of "Marvel Comics: The Untold Story," revealed concept art from a Silver Surfer film that was pitched in 1980 by Hollywood producer Lee Kramer. What you may not know, is that Kramer approached Sir Paul McCartney about scoring it.

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Last year, to drum up interest for his new book, "Marvel Comics: The Untold Story" Sean Howe posted concept art that was created for a briefly-planned Silver Surfer movie. Which you can view on the right. The proposed movie was conceived by Hollywood film producer, Lee Kramer. This all happened around 1980, and at the time Kramer envisioned it as "an epic picture on the scope of 2001: A Space Odyssey with the kind of soundtrack that that film had, only using contemporary rock and roll." It also would've starred Kramer's then-girlfriend Olivia Newton-John ("Grease"). She would've played the Surfer's girlfriend. While that didn't materialize, Kramer did book Newton-John in his fantasy-musical, 1980's Xanadu.

So, people were quick to post the concept art, but most missed Sean Howe's update that revealed Kramer approaching legendary singer/songwriter, Paul McCartney. Kramer apparently wanted McCartney, founding member of The Beatles, to score his Silver Surfer movie. Howe posted a letter that Kramer received from Steve Shrimpton, Paul McCartney's then-manager.

As you can see in the letter, McCartney wasn't opposed to the idea. Which actually isn't a surprise. Sir Paul, is a well known comic book fan. In the Beatles' film Help!, Superman comic books can be seen draped over the piano that McCartney is playing in the hotel scene. More obvious, McCartney's 1975 song 'Magneto & Titanium Man' has lyrics that refer to three Marvel super-villains: Crimson Dynamo, Magneto and Titanium Man. A year after that, McCartney met backstage with comic book creator, Jack Kirby. Thus, it's not inconceivable to believe that if Kramer's Silver Surfer film had worked out we would be rocking out to a score by Sir Paul.

SILVER SURFER - Norrin's life changed forever when a menacing alien spacecraft pierced Zenn-La's long-neglected defense systems. Convincing a Council of Scientists member to provide him with a spaceship, Radd soon confronted the invader, Galactus, who intended to consume Zenn-La. Radd offered to become his herald and seek out new worlds for him in exchange for Galactus sparing Zenn-La. Galactus agreed, transforming Radd into a silver-skinned, cosmic-powered super-being patterned after an adolescent fantasy plucked from Norrin's memories. Known thereafter as the Silver Surfer because of the silvery flying board he rode, Radd departed Zenn-La with Galactus. - Marvel Wiki
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THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 12/25/2013, 9:50 PM
Wow
guillimunster - 12/25/2013, 9:50 PM
now, that's hilarious!
Ace101 - 12/25/2013, 9:52 PM
Nice find
TonyChu - 12/25/2013, 9:53 PM
I would still love to see a proper Silver Surfer movie but only by Marvel Studios. And by the course in which Phase 3 is headed I would love to see a Thanos Imperative movie.
Starfox - 12/25/2013, 9:54 PM
may have been interesting..
batesmotel - 12/25/2013, 9:54 PM
The second worst beatle
Jollem - 12/25/2013, 9:56 PM
neato. i'm thinking that being made in the 80's would be pretty...interesting

Greengo - 12/25/2013, 9:57 PM
Merry Christmas
Jollem - 12/25/2013, 9:57 PM
energy/light cloud fear entity > trevor pooping & the boy with the dragon tattoo
PsychoManiacJacky - 12/25/2013, 9:59 PM
Would have been a trippy movie
patriautism - 12/25/2013, 10:00 PM
Radd on the run.
Jollem - 12/25/2013, 10:15 PM
trevor pooping & the boy with the dragon tattoo > fart cloud galactus

pacific rim & godzilla reboot makes me think now they can do an epic(yes, epic) galactus
SageMode - 12/25/2013, 10:25 PM
Luke Goss for Silver Surfer

fettastic - 12/25/2013, 10:27 PM
McCartney also scored the IMAX film To The Arctic, which just came out on Blu-ray. His score was....weird.
Starkasm - 12/25/2013, 10:39 PM
Thanks for sharing, Trollem.
yingyangpalms - 12/25/2013, 10:45 PM
"an epic picture on the scope of 2001: A Space Odyssey" Is not something that just anyone can do.
That film looked better than ALL SIX Star Wars films and had more innovative designs that any CGI film I've ever seen.
Unfortunately there is always some Hollywood Hack like Gary Goddard who sees Star Wars and tries to rip it with Masters Of The Universe.

The only Director who could make that kind of film today would be Nolan.
Even Spielberg in his prime couldn't have pulled that off as well as Kubrick's '2001'.
Incidentally Spielberg couldn't make The Dark Knight or Inception.
Nolan is the BEST in the game right now! I don't like his vision of Batman as a p***y though.
Newbus - 12/25/2013, 11:27 PM
Im not sure this would have been a hit in 1980 if they imagined it on the scale of 2001:Space Odyssey. They would have had to spend a fortune on special effects. No CGI then so Silver Surfer would be a man in tin foil suit.
GetsugaTensho22 - 12/25/2013, 11:44 PM
I think the Beatles are over-rated.
Come at me, bro!
Bl00dwerk - 12/26/2013, 1:07 AM
Never cared for any of the Beatles...
yingyangpalms - 12/26/2013, 1:21 AM
The thing about the Beatles is they were just a FAD. A great band like many we've seen will come in and change music. Even when theyre gone they changed things.
The Beatles really didn't add to the music spectrum. Once they were gone, they were gone.
Some of their "hits" have sentimental value to their fans but the overwhelming majority of later generations found nothing appealing about their so called hits.

The Greatest Bands of the 60's were not mere FADs. The Stones and The Doors were popular but they did create great and timeless classics.
The Beatles music only serves to remind people of an era and a FAD. So they do have a nostalgic appeal to some like an old classic TV show intro would.

Acecalban1 - 12/26/2013, 1:40 AM
@yingyangpalms firstly your an idiot. Secondly the definition of a fad is a short lived craze. Like the hoola hoop or clackers. So how by that definition the Beatles are a fad as they still are icons of popular culture. That's not too take anything away from the bands you mentioned who are indeed icons and also clearly not fads. And thirdly you're an idiot.
jessepostal - 12/26/2013, 1:41 AM
@yingyang, a fad? the Beatles changed everything, without them you wouldn't have any of the bands you mentioned. They helped open the doors and pave the way. They only influenced every musician out there in some way or another. A fad? Are u crazy? That's why they still hit number one on the records sold charts everytime the same collection of songs gets re released.
jessepostal - 12/26/2013, 1:43 AM
Joe satriani scored his own silver surfer soundtrack in 87 with surfing with the alien!
DarthMauve - 12/26/2013, 1:44 AM
"The Beatles really didn't add to the music spectrum"

You sir, with respect, are completely deluded.
ImnotDaredevil - 12/26/2013, 1:46 AM
I love the idea of a Silver Surfer film on the epic scale of 2001. Huge scale, slightly operatic. I'm in.
yingyangpalms - 12/26/2013, 1:46 AM
@DarthMauve They did inspire the Monkees.
yingyangpalms - 12/26/2013, 1:51 AM
@Acecalban1 You are deluded and a fool. The Beatles were short lived. Their only impact would be in showing labels marketing potential for other bands as they tried to create 'Manias'.
And resorting to name calling is simply due to the frustration of not being able to counter with any real information.
Yes, some old Beatles fans stuck with the group for decades as they reminded them of their youth.
In many ways the Beatles were the 1st 'Boy Band'. Musically however they were nothing.
DarthMauve - 12/26/2013, 1:51 AM
It must be great to be able to revise history at a whim, powered by your own considerable personal ignorance.

Props.
yingyangpalms - 12/26/2013, 1:52 AM
@jessepostal The Beatles opened the doors for no one. The Stones, The Doors and many others got were they were on their own and were vastly more artistic than the Beatles.
yingyangpalms - 12/26/2013, 1:54 AM
@DarthMauve Really? They were a FAD. A MANIA. And thats all they were. They did not create great music. In fact most people probably could not name one of their songs.
MsDarkPhoenix - 12/26/2013, 1:56 AM
The only Marvel movie in the 80s was Howard the Duck and it wasn't a great movie. But if McCartney agreed, I think this movie could have done very good, since the Beatles were really famous back then, and it would now be considered a classic. And if you think that the Beatles didn't leave a legacy behind them, well, I respect your opinion but you are stupid and I hate you!
jessepostal - 12/26/2013, 1:58 AM
@yingyang, haha I could care less what u think, your the one that looks retarded. Might wanna learn some music history 101 though.
DarthMauve - 12/26/2013, 2:00 AM
@yingyangpalms Really. Good luck with that, you might want to loook into how many other acts their music inspired. Im far from a Beatles fan, but i'm not so ignorant as to ignore the impact they had on popular music.
McFarlaneFan - 12/26/2013, 2:01 AM
Contemporary musicians never spoke highly of the Beatles, and for a great reason. They could not figure out why the Beatles' songs should be regarded more highly than their own. They knew very well that the Beatles were simply lucky to become a folk phenomenon (thanks to "Beatlemania", which had nothing to do with their musical merits). THat phenomenon kept alive interest in their (mediocre) musical endeavours to this day. Nothing else grants the Beatles more attention than, say, the Kinks or the Rolling Stones. There was nothing intrinsically better in the Beatles' music. Ray Davies of the Kinks was certainly a far better songwriter than Lennon & McCartney. The Stones were certainly much more skilled musicians than the 'Fab Fours'. And Pete Townshend was a far more accomplished composer, capable of "Tommy" and "Quadrophenia". Not to mention later and far greater British musicians. Not to mention the American musicians who created what the Beatles later sold to the masses.
The Beatles sold a lot of records not because they were the greatest musicians but simply because their music was easy to sell to the masses: it had no difficult content, it had no technical innovations, it had no creative depth. They wrote a bunch of catchy 3-minute ditties and they were photogenic.

It's sickening really, how brainwashed society is. The Beatles were in fact just a bunch of mop-haired "cute" British idiots with "cute" British accents who did drugs, sang about nothing, and sold counterculture ideas as revolutionary and genius when in fact they were just contrarian rebellious nonsense mixed with "exotic" Indian instruments just to sell records.

The Beatles were simply one of the first examples showcasing the medias ability to brainwash the masses.
jessepostal - 12/26/2013, 2:08 AM
@mcfarlanefan, it's the same formula for today, simplicity sells. Look at today's top 40. That's what made them huge. Simple and catchy always wins. Feel good music that people can relate to will always make money. Just like sex will always sell
McFarlaneFan - 12/26/2013, 2:14 AM
@jessepostal Being good merchandise doesn't make a band good musicians. If that were the case Myley Cyrus, Bieber, One Direction, Back Street Boys, N Synch, New Kids would all have been great musicians.
In the case of the Beatles though, many of their fans grew up to be writers for Rolling Stone and etc. So theres a crapload of BS still being pumped out regarding them.
If Bieber fans could write the articles imagine what they would say.
Jollem - 12/26/2013, 2:15 AM
"And if you think that the Beatles didn't leave a legacy behind them, well, I respect your opinion but you are stupid and I hate you!"
Jollem - 12/26/2013, 2:16 AM
MsDarkPhoenix - 12/26/2013, 2:20 AM
This argument is pointless! The Beatles are one of the best and most famous bands and I don't care what the trolls are saying. Just talk about comic book movies here and say how much you hated the Avengers or the Dark Knight (I don't expect from someone who doesn't like the Beatles to appreciate good movies), leave the Beatles and their legacy alone, you are not worthy to judge.
Jollem - 12/26/2013, 2:20 AM
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