Tolkien fans are legion. That's a fact, as can be observed by the success of the movie adaptations of his works, the steadily huge worldwide book sales by the late English author, the popularity of Hobbit Con and the large presence of Tolkienism at Dragon Con, and the permeation of our popular culture by the figures of Tolkien lore. It's interesting also to note how Forbes ranked John Ronald Reuel Tolkien as the 5th top-earning 'dead celebrity' four years ago.
But what about the man himself? The Oxford professor and philologist, author of The Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit and The Silmarillion led an interesting life indeed. Being thrust into an era full of dizzying technological advances, having fought in World War I and contracted trench fever, and almost being recruited in World War II as a codebreaker for the British Foreign Office, it cannot be said that his life was uneventful or boring. And now, finally, forty years after his death, it looks like J.R.R. is getting a biopic.
Tentatively named Tolkien, the film will have a screenplay penned by . Apparently, the movie will focus mainly on the poet and prose writer's early life, especially his studies at Pembroke College, Oxford and his service in WWI. Reportedly, the plot ties personal experiences from the author's youth to the content of his famed high fantasy works. Tolkien will be produced by . As of now, it is still unconfirmed if Tolkien's estate will have any say in the production of this biopic. It is well-known, however, how much distaste Tolkien's son and curator of his legacy, Christopher, harbors towards the film adaptations helmed by . Whether or not he approves of this project currently remains an enigma.
The latest of the film adaptations to hit screens is The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which arrives in theaters on December 13th.
Via Coming Soon.