J.R.R. Tolkien Biopic in the Works, Tentatively Titled TOLKIEN

     November 21, 2013


A few months back, I suggested that Hollywood adapt the life story of author J.R.R. Tolkien for a biopic.  Turns out, one is currently in the works!  Tentatively titled Tokien, “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,” according to the L.A. Times.  Tolkien scholar and superfan David Gleeson (Cowboys & Angels) is working on the script.  The picture will be produced through Peter Chernin’s Chernin Entertainment and is set up at Fox Searchlight.

The write-up compares it to the Oscar-winning J.M Barrie picture, Finding Neverland, and John Lee Hancock’s upcoming look at Walt Disney and P.L. Travers in Saving Mr. Banks.  A previous attempt at a Tolkien biopic was initiated with Mirkwood, but the author’s estate obstructed the project; there’s no information as to how amenable the rights holders will be with Gleeson’s attempt.

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