A few weeks ahead of the launch of “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” comes word that a biopic is in the works about Middle Earth’s creator J.R.R. Tolkien at Chernin Entertainment and Fox Searchlight.
Tentatively titled “Tolkien,” the drama will examine the South Africa-born, English raised author’s life from his formative years at Pembroke College to his years as a soldier in World War I where many of his closest friends were killed in combat.
The film will examine how his life experiences influenced him and his work. Tolkien superfan David Gleeson is currently working on the script, while Peter Chernin will produce.
While several attempts have been made to do a film about Tolkien, no definitive biopic yet exists. It’s unknown if the Tolkien estate is onboard with this project as yet.
Source: The Los Angeles Times