Battle Of The Tolkien Biopics Heats Up

Tolkien & Lewis is in the works

Battle Of The Tolkien Biopics Heats Up

by James White |
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His books remain immensely popular to this day, even without the massive film trilogies they spawned. And interest in Professor John Ronald Reuel Tolkien appears to be just as fervent, at least among film companies looking to make the definitive biopic. Fox Searchlight is already developing one project and now here comes director Simon West with another, **Tolkien & Lewis{ =nofollow}.

Unlike the Fox project, this one boasts the extra hook of Tolkien’s friendship with Narnia creator C.S. Lewis. Attractive Films is backing this one, which focuses on Tolkien’s involvement in his Oxford colleague's conversion to Christianity, which had a profound effect on his writing. In turn, Lewis encourages Tolkien to finish The Lord Of The Rings.

But their close friendship ends up marred by jealousy, paranoia and religious differences, with Tolkien upset when Lewis becomes seen as the leading light in Christian literature and because his friend adopted Anglicanism rather than Tolkien's own Catholicism.

The company wants the movie ready before Searchlight can hit cinemas, aiming at an Easter release to better target Christian filmgoers. Now we’re hoping three more projects kick off, because who doesn’t want a battle of the five biopic armies?

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