A new biopic of J.R.R. Tolkien may be in the works! David Gleeson, who wrote and directed Cowboys and Angels in 2003, has written a script focusing on how Tolkien’s youth and service in World War I impacted his writing.
The script has been picked up by Chernin Entertainment (who also did The Heat and Rise of the Planet of the Apes) They’ve (tentatively!) titled the project Tolkien, but further details are scant. No word on whether or not the Tolkien estate will be involved in the film—they guard Tolkien’s legacy like a certain dragon, so their reaction to the film will be interesting.
The project currently has no director or actors attached—so let the dream casting begin! Who do you want to see playing Tolkien in Tolkien? Perhaps Ian McKellen, for full meta-effect? And who could play Tolkien’s fellow Inkling C.S. Lewis, or a young Christopher Lee? Screw it, since we want him in everything anyway, we can attest that Benedict Cumberbatch looks great in WWI regalia.