Already Talk of J.R.R. Tolkien's Children of Hurin Becoming a Movie
With this week gearing up to the big Spider-Man 3 press events in Los Angeles on Friday and Sam Raimi soon to be questioned endlessly on his interest in The Hobbit, some more interesting J.R.R. Tolkien news has appeared as of late. A new J.R.R. Tolkien book, as impossible as that seems, is going on sale today called Children of Hurin. It's constructed from Tolkien's manuscripts by his son and current estate holder Christopher (like The Silmarillion), and was put together "without any editorial invention". In a report from Reuters, Hollywood studios are already eager to buy the rights and it sounds they may get their chance soon enough.
From the article, David Brawn, director at Tolkien publisher Harper Collins, states:
"We all want this first and foremost to enjoy life as a book," said Brawn. "No one's saying never to a film (but) the film rights are reserved by the estate. We want to see what reaction it gets and then let it run its course."
I'm guessing with this type of publicity everywhere, it'll nurture enough interest to get the rights sold quick, but no one can say if it's worth it until they've read the book. This darker story is set long before Lord of the Rings in a part of Middle Earth that was drowned before Hobbits ever appeared, and tells the tragic tale of Turin and his sister Nienor who are cursed by Morgoth, the first Dark Lord.
If there are any Tolkien fans out there, check it out and let us know what you think. Would this darker tale make for just as good of a movie as Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit?