J.R.R. Tolkien To Get Finding Neverland Treatment With Biopic

By Kristy Puchko 2013-11-22 07:45:26discussion comments
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We've only got two more Hobbit movies to look forward to, so it's about time someone figured out a way to continue to cash in on J.R.R. Tolkien's legacy. So how about a biopic? Variety reports Fox Searchlight and Chernin Entertainment are teaming up to create Tolkien, a drama that will reveal the life story of the author behind The Lord of the Rings.

Said to be in the vein of the J.M. Barrie biopic Finding Neverland, Tolkien will include scenes from the writer's time in World War I while integrating elements of the fantasy novels he's known for. David Gleeson, who has previously penned the dramedy Cowboys and Angels, will write the screenplay. David Ready, who brought the project to Chernin Entertainment, will oversea its production for the company.

Refresh your memory of Finding Neverland with its trailer below:



Finding Neverland seems a smart source of inspiration for Tolkien. The drama directed by Marc Forster earned critical acclaim, more than $116 million worldwide, and a slew of Academy Award nominations, along with a win for Best Original Score. In that film, Peter Pan author J.M. Barrie was shown as a daydreamer whose everyday life is pleasantly invaded by fantasies that inspired his best known works. A similar approach has been proposed for the Dr. Seuss biopic, and it makes sense that it would be employed for Tolkien too.

Adding Ents, Halfings, wizards and elves to the telling of his story will be a stronger way to pull in fans of Peter Jackson's movies. It will give them another chance to see such beloved characters as Gandolf, Bilbo and Gollum. However, it is unclear how specific these depictions can be when the rights to The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit belong to Warner Bros.

As development on Tolkien has just begun, there's no word on who might helm or star. But here's a picture of the author at the age of 24, wearing his military uniform. Take a look and tell us in comments who you think would be a good fit for the tile role in Tolkien.


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While we wait for further news on this production, Tolkien fans have The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug coming up on December 13th. The second chapter of the adventures of Bilbo Baggins stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Lee Pace, Benedict Cumberbatch and Luke Evans. Get a glimpse of their characters in action with the film's latest posters, or in the trailer below:


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