Fox Searchlight plans to create a biopic profiling world renowned author, J.R.R. Tolkien. According to The L.A. Times, the movie will explore Tolkien’s childhood, his time in the military, and his writing career.
Scholar David Gleeson will pen the script. Peter Chernin has signed on as a producer. Which actor would you cast to play the creator behind The Lord of the Rings book trilogy? Here’s more from the article:
“There’s been no definitive biopic of Tolkien, though several stalled-in-development attempts in recent years, including Mirkwood, a fantastical look at his work as a codebreaker during WWII. That project ran into obstacles from the very private Tolkien estate (it’s unknown to what extent they wiill be cooperating on Gleeson’s movie). If audiences love for Tolkien’s work is any indication, though, filmmakers on Tolkien will have a popular subject on their hands: Movies based on Tolkien’s literary output, including Jackson’s LOTR series, have grossed nearly $4 billion around the world, with “Smaug” expected to add significantly to that total.”
(via The Telegraph)