The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings author J. R. R. Tolkien is the latest famous figure getting the biopic treatment on the big screen, reports The LA Times.
Tentatively titled Tolkien, the biopic will be in the vein of Finding Neverland, about Peter Pan author J. M. Barrie, though perhaps slightly less idyllic. Tolkein's own life, fascinating in and of itself, included fighting during World War I, where he watched many of his friends and fellow soldiers die, which greatly influenced his later literary output. Irish screenwriter David Gleeson is currently working on the script for Chernin Entertainment.
Tolkien's works have translated into big bucks at the movies, and biopics are currently big business for award seasons, with The King's Speech, The Iron Lady, the current Saving Mr. Banks and more movies about real historical figures heavily featured amongst end-of-the-year fare, so this is a no-brainer. However, the Tolkien estate, famously protective and private, have not yet given their endorsement of the project and their reluctance has stopped other in development biopics in the past, so we'll have to wait and see how this one turns out.
Now, let the casting games begin…