It may be C. S. Lewis’s birthday today, but it’s fellow Inkling J.R.R. Tolkien who’s getting all the headlines in Hollywood. There are plans afoot to film his life story.
The Los Angeles Times reports —
“Tolkien,” as the project is tentatively called, will examine the author’s life, particularly his formative years at Pembroke College and as a soldier in World War I, and how it influenced him and his work, according to a person familiar with the project who was not authorized to talk about it publicly.
David Gleeson, a Tolkien superfan and scholar of sorts about the Middle-earth creator, is currently working on the script. The movie will be produced by Peter Chernin ‘s Chernin Entertainment (“The Heat,” “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”) and set up at Fox Searchlight.
The Times says it’s unknown how much cooperation the project is receiving from the Tolkien estate, which threw obstacles in the way of another stalled-in-development film titled Mirkwood, “a fantastical look at [Tolkien’s] work as a codebreaker during WWII.”