Fox Searchlight, which was behind last year’s Hitchcock film, is developing a biopic about the legendary Lord of the Rings author JRR Tolkien. Irish screenwriter David Gleeson will pen the script, which will focus on Tolkien’s time at Oxford University and as a soldier during WW1. Gleeson is described as a “Tolkien superfan and scholar of sorts”

Some think the new biopic could raise objections from the Tolkien Estate. An attempt to adapt author Steve Hillard’s novel Mirkwood: A Novel About J.R.R Tolkien back in 2011 stalled after a legal dispute with the Tolkien Estate. But the objection from the Tolkien Estate was on the novel itself, and was settled after Hillard added a disclaimer that the novel was fictional and not affiliated with the estate. It is worth noting that “Professor Tolkien makes a little-known visit to America-and sets in motion elvish powers embodied in a cache of archaic documents” is rather a different subject matter than a biopic. A study of his life shouldn’t really raise any objections, after all, there are several biographies in print. None which make much of his “elvish powers”.


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Olga Hughes is currently pre-occupied with fairy tales, fantasy, misanthropy, medieval history and the long eighteenth century. She has a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Victorian College of the Arts and is currently majoring in Literature and History at Deakin. She has contributed to websites such as History behind Game of Thrones, The Anne Boleyn Files and The Tudor Society.

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