J.R.R. Tolkien, the author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, is set to have his life made into a biopic by Fox Searchlight.
The project, with the working title Tolkien, is due to be written by Irish screenwriter David Gleeson, but no word on a director or an actor to play Tolkien has been announced yet.
Chernin Entertainment are producing the film, due to chronicle key moments in Tolkien’s life, which influenced his writing of The Hobbit in 1937 and The Lord of the Rings trilogy between 1937 and 1949.
During the First World War, Tolkien served in the army, and was a code breaker during the Second World War. He also studied and lectured at Oxford University before and after WW1. He was married to his wife, Edith, for 55 years, with whom he had four children. Tolkien is also noted for his close friendship with C.S. Lewis, and Tolkien is believed to have been a large factor is Lewis’ conversion from atheism to Christianity.
The Tolkien estate is known to be very protective of his work, and in 2012 the estate sued Warner Bros, Middle-Earth Enterprises and New Line Cinema for £50 million in damages from unauthorised merchandising of the Tolkien books, including online video games.
Films based on Tolkien’s work, including The Lord of the Rings trilogy and the first Hobbit film have grossed almost £2.5 billion around the world, with the second film, The Desolation of Smaug, due to add significantly to the total in 2014.
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