J.R.R. Tolkien is getting a biopic called Middle Earth

Middle Earth, a biopic about the life of J.R.R. Tolkien is in the works. The film will focus on the events that inspired Tolkien’s fantasy world depicted on The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.

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“Story follows Tolkien’s early life and love affair with Edith Bratt, whom he later married. The couple lived happily in Oxford, surrounded by friends, but when war broke out in 1941 Tolkien embarked on four years of battle and hardship, an experience that influenced his Middle Earth stories.”

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James Strong (Doctor Who, Downton Abbey) will direct the film.  Angus Fletcher (Sand Dogs) wrote the script based on over six years of research on Tolkien.  Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne, who produced The Lord of the Rings trilogy are back to produce this film as well.  

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People know Tolkien’s work as interpreted by Peter Jackson in his films of the same titles, but Tolkien’s work is so much more vast and detailed that what was projected on the screen.  I think it will be interesting for fans of the films to see how Tolkien created Middle-earth; the people, the creatures, the languages…everything small detail.  If you’ve seen the movies, I highly recommend reading the books as well.  And if you’re a nerd like me, read the appendices too.  

Protagonist Pictures is distributing the film, tentatively schedule to be showcased to buyers at the Berlin Film Festival early next year.  There is no word on any casting or production schedule at this time.

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