According to a report by the LA Times, the people at Fox Searchlight are looking to start production of a biopic that would showcase the life of the father of all Middle Earth, J.R.R. Tolkien.
The film is tentatively being referred to as Tolkien, and will examine the author’s journey, and more specifically his younger years while at Pembroke College and as a soldier in World War I. It will focus on his life, and how his journey affected his work.
Irish director/screenwriter David Gleeson is currently writing the script for the project. This should bode well for the film a Gleeson is a bit of a superfan and kind of an encyclopedia of all things Tolkien.
According to LA Times, producer Peter Chernin will be producing the project through his Chernin Entertainment with a set up at Fox Searchlight.
At this point, it is unknown whether or not the late author’s estate has put their stamp of approval on the film, or if they will participate in its creation in any capacity.
It has been public knowledge that Christopher Tolkien, the late author’s son, has been very critical of director Peter Jackson’s big screen adaptions of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.
Up next for the storied tale of Middle Earth is Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which is scheduled to hit theaters on December 13, 2013.