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Put this in your pipe and smoke it! A biopic on Lord of the Rings creator J.R.R. Tolkien is headed our way

Nov. 21, 2013by: Niki Stephens

With the immense popularity of THE LORD OF THE RINGS series and recently, THE HOBBIT, it is only fitting that now is the time for a biopic of its creator, J.R.R. Tolkien.

Tolkien is definitely worthy of a film based on his life since he lead a very interesting one. The project tentatively titled TOLKIEN will follow, "the authors life, particularly his formative years at Pembroke College and as a soldier in World War I, and how it influenced him and his work Born in South Africa in 1892 and raised in England, Tolkien went on to serve in the Great War, where many of his closest friends were killed in combat. That experience affected him deeply, and he would come to channel both his friends and their fates into his writing and world-creation."

David Gleeson, a self-proclaimed Tolkien superfan and scholar of Middle Earth is working on a script for the biopic which will be produced by Peter Chernin's Chernin Entertainment (THE HEAT, RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES) and is set up at Fox Searchlight. Gleeson is best known for writing and directing 2003s COWBOYS & ANGELS.

Though the LORD OF THE RINGS films have been churning out since 2001, no Tolkien flicks have come out. Several years ago, there was an attempt to make one titled MIRKWOOD but that one ran into an indefinite snag with the Tolkien estate. There's no word on whether the estate has shown an interest in participating.

Extra Tidbit: Special thanks to Paul and his love of all things Tolkien!
Source: LA Times

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8:59PM on 11/21/2013
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9:16PM on 11/21/2013
Idris Elba! Tolkien black guy . . .
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10:24AM on 11/22/2013
bravo sir, well played
bravo sir, well played
5:17AM on 11/22/2013
LOL!
LOL!
9:24PM on 11/21/2013
He definitely deserves a biopic.God of Fantasy genre in literature.Ewan McGregor,Jude Law,James McAvoy,Michael fassbender,Tom Hiddleston,Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn) would be top choices to play him
He definitely deserves a biopic.God of Fantasy genre in literature.Ewan McGregor,Jude Law,James McAvoy,Michael fassbender,Tom Hiddleston,Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn) would be top choices to play him
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9:42PM on 11/21/2013
Very cool. Anyone who's read a biography on Tolkien knows the man lead an interesing life, and one that would make for a good movie. Under the right director, it could be a fantastic film. Maybe someone like Joe Wright.
Very cool. Anyone who's read a biography on Tolkien knows the man lead an interesing life, and one that would make for a good movie. Under the right director, it could be a fantastic film. Maybe someone like Joe Wright.
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4:41AM on 11/22/2013
Ugh man. Jackson gonna direct this one as well?
Ugh man. Jackson gonna direct this one as well?
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7:57AM on 11/22/2013
Would really be an interesting movie... and I'm sure the Tolkien family will put up a stink with them making this as well
Would really be an interesting movie... and I'm sure the Tolkien family will put up a stink with them making this as well
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11:24PM on 11/22/2013
Ooo! I wonder who will play CS Lewis!
Ooo! I wonder who will play CS Lewis!
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6:44AM on 11/24/2013
It's going to be broken into 15 separate movies, and they're going to add a time machine so he can meet famous people throughout history and go on wild adventures with them.

Oh, and each movie will have 10-25 false endings.
It's going to be broken into 15 separate movies, and they're going to add a time machine so he can meet famous people throughout history and go on wild adventures with them.

Oh, and each movie will have 10-25 false endings.
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