J.R.R. Tolkien wasn't just the author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, he was also a soldier in World War I, a codebreaker in World War II, a university professor, close friend to C.S. Lewis, and possibly the prototype for the "Most Interesting Man in the World" character.
Fox Searchlight has begun developing a biopic, tentatively titled Tolkien and hopes to explore his formative years at Pembroke College and as a soldier in World War I & II, and how it influenced him and his work. Screenwriter and self-proclaimed Tolkien scholar is attached to write.
The Tolkien estate has interfered with previous attempts to create movies on the authors life and at this point it's unknown whether they will cooperate with Fox Searchlight. Mirkwood, a previous biographical movie from EMO Films, based on the book: Mirkwood: A Novel about JRR Tolkien, blended the author's real life history with the more fantastical aspects of his work to attempt to explore connections between the two. An approach that the Tolkien estate didn't approve of and ultimately led to the movie going nowhere. Hopefully they will be open to a more fact-based account of the author's life.
SOURCE: LA Times