There Are Two Biopics About Author J.R.R. Tolkien in Development
While the work of J.R.R. Tolkien has made for big entertainment on the big screen over the past 15 years with Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy and his soon-to-be-concluded three-part adaptation of The Hobbit, the life of the fantasy author has yet to become a topic of interest. But that will all change soon as THR reports two different biopics about the revered author are in development. Last year we learned about Tolkien coming together with Irish scribe David Gleeson writing the script with Chernin Entertainment (Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Oblivion) producing for Fox Searchlight. But now there's another. Read on!
An indepdendent company called Attractive Films is looking to beat Fox Searchlight to the punch with Tolkien & Lewis. As you might guess, the film would focus on Tolkien's relationship with C.S. Lewis, author of The Chronicles of Narnia series. The authors were once good friends, but had a falling out that seems to stem from religious differences, creative disagreements, jealousy and paranoia. Lewis, and agnostic turned Christian, was actually responsible for converting the devout Catholic Tolkien to Christianity. However, Tolkien wasn't a fan of Lewis' rise to becoming a makeshift theologian as his books infused many familiar elements of The Bible into his stories. But that wasn't the only issue.
While Tolkien was encouraged to finish his long-developing Lord of the Rings series by Lewis, their disagreements weren't the only thing that kept the author on edge. Tolkien was also a veteran of World War I, and he found himself haunted by memories of those friends who had died during the war, which was only heightened by the fact that World War II was just beginning (and that's where most of the film takes place). Attractive Films hopes to reel in some of the faith-based audiences who see films like Heaven is for Real by releasing the film around Easter, which is the epitome of pandering. What's even stranger is that The Expendables 2 director Simon West will be at the helm, though no writer is mentioned. As of now we're much more interested in Fox Searchlight's take on Tolkien's life. How about you?