Fox Searchlight Developing J.R.R. Tolkien Biopic Titled Simply 'Tolkien'
In a house on the street in England there lived a Tolkien. With two more Hobbit movies due out this year and next, we're getting back into the excitement of J.R.R. Tolkien mania again. To go along with all the buzz for The Hobbit, our friends at the LA Times are reporting that Fox Searchlight is developing a biopic project about the legendary British author. The indie movie studio has David Gleeson, a "Tolkien superfan and scholar of sorts about the Middle-earth creator", writing the script with Peter Chernin and his company Chernin Entertainment (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Oblivion, The Heat) producing. This should do well.
Tolkien, the author of The Hobbit, Lord of the Rings, Beowulf and The Silmarillion, passed away in 1973 at the age of 81. Born in South Africa in 1892 and raised in England, Tolkien went on to serve in the Great War (WWI), where many of his closest friends were killed in combat. That experience affected him deeply and influenced his writing early on in his career. The biopic is tentatively titled Tolkien, which is fitting and perfect enough, though that could change. The story will examine the author's life, particularly his formative years at Pembroke College and as a soldier in World War I, and how it influenced him and his work. We'll keep watch on development from here, as we're big Tolkien fans of our own. Let's hope this turns out good.
Art at the top comes from a painting of Tolkien by Donato Giancola found via TheLandofShadow.com.