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Another Tolkien Project In the Works: A J.R.R. Tolkien Biopic

Written by Jeremy Shane on Friday, November 22 2013 and posted in News with Benefits

Another Tolkien Project In the Works: A J.R.R. Tolkien Biopic

A story less fictional than those of middle-earth, but perhaps no less amazing.

Source: LA TImes

J.R.R. Tolkien wasn't just the author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, he was also a soldier in World War I, a codebreaker in World War II, a university professor, close friend to C.S. Lewis, and possibly the prototype for the "Most Interesting Man in the World" character.

Fox Searchlight has begun developing a biopic, tentatively titled Tolkien and hopes to explore his formative years at Pembroke College and as a soldier in World War I & II, and how it influenced him and his work.  Screenwriter and self-proclaimed Tolkien scholar is attached to write.

The Tolkien estate has interfered with previous attempts to create movies on the authors life and at this point it's unknown whether they will cooperate with Fox Searchlight.  Mirkwood, a previous biographical movie from EMO Films, based on the book: Mirkwood: A Novel about JRR Tolkien, blended the author's real life history with the more fantastical aspects of his work to attempt to explore connections between the two.  An approach that the Tolkien estate didn't approve of and ultimately led to the movie going nowhere.  Hopefully they will be open to a more fact-based account of the author's life.


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About the Author - Jeremy Shane

Jeremy was born in a small mountain village of a strange foreign land called Weystvurginea.  Banishment for liberal views saw him spend years wondering the east coast until he decided to bike to California.  When he saw how long a trip it was, he drove instead.  Now he's living it up in a low humidity climate, sometimes working on his photography and when not, he writes for us covering books (by way of his blog: Reading Realms), gaming, tv, movies, comics, conventions in the SoCal area, and creates a weekly webcomic: A Journey Through Skyrim.  If you look for him offline, start in the L.A. area; online start at: for his profile and all the social networks he's on... or just follow him on twitter, he seems to be on there a lot: @jeremyshane.


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