J.R.R. Tolkien Biopic in Development
The legendary author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings is getting his own feature length biopic! The project is set up at Fox Searchlight and Peter Chernin’s Chernin Entertainment is producing it.
According to THR, the movie will "chronicle the key moments in Tolkien’s life that shaped him and led him to write Hobbit, the classic children’s book, in 1937 and then starting in 1954, his Rings trilogy."
The film already has a script written by David Gleeson, who wrote a sci-fi spec called The End of History. The movie is currently in development, and there's no word on whether the Tolkien estate will be involved.
Here's a little information on Tolkien from the report:
Tolkien led a fascinating life. He saw combat in World War I in which he saw countrysides torn to shreds and friends killed. He was close friends with C.S. Lewis, the author of the Chronicles of Narnia books, and the two made up part of an academic and writing group known as the Inklings. And he was a codebreaker in waiting during World War Two.
Tolkien is already a protagonist in the YA novel inHere, There Be Dragons, which told of the fictional fantasy adventures of Tolkien, Lewis and fellow Inkling member Charles Williams and how they ultimately led them to pen their masterpieces. An movie adaptation is set up Warners.