David Gleeson


If you were looking at the upcoming slate of Hobbit films and thinking “that’s a sizeable amount of Tolkien material, but I am not satisfied with this ride ever ending,” the universe is throwing you just a little bone to tide you over until another facet of the LOTR series is probably announced. Fox Searchlight and Cherin Entertainment are currently working on a J.R.R. Tolkien biopic that will span the author’s life and target the moments that led him to write “The Hobbit” in 1937 and begin “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy in 1954. The tentatively titled Tolkien, written by David Gleeson (Cowboys and Angels) focuses on the parts of his life that proved formative to creating Middle Earth, like his days at Pembroke College and as a soldier during World War I; the author, who was born in South Africa in 1892 and raised in England, was deeply affected by his experiences in the Great War and channeled much of what happened to him and his friends into his writing. Tolkien’s adventuresome life also included serving as a code breaker during World War II and being a member of a very Skull and Bones-sounding writing society with C.S. Lewis — though it’s not clear at this point how much the biopic will dive into these aspects of his life.

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published: 01.26.2015
published: 01.26.2015
published: 01.26.2015
published: 01.26.2015

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