With the final installment of The Hobbit trilogy set to come out at the end of this year, Tolkien’s been on the mind of a lot of book and film lovers. But that’s not where interest in him ends. There are two films currently in the works specifically featuring Tolkien himself.
Tolkien, a biopic about his life, is being developed by Chernin Entertainment. We’ve talked a little bit about it before, and so far there aren’t many details about the film. It’s going to look at Tolkien’s life with a focus on his time at Pembroke College and as a soldier in World War I. David Gleeson will direct the film. For now, there isn’t a release date set so we’ll just have to wait and see on that one.
The other movie contains a few more details and seems really interesting from what we know. As someone whose first real chapter book was The Hobbit, I am a big Tolkien fan. But I also really enjoyed C.S. Lewis’ books at the same time. When I found out later that they were friends in real life, I was fascinated. And that’s exactly what this movie is about. Tolkien & Lewis is a film dedicated to looking at their relationship and how it influenced their novels. IMDb reveals a movie poster but doesn’t offer many more details.
The film is being funded by a combination of U.K. tax credits, presales, and Wiggin LLP (a law firm). Certainly an interesting way to raise the money, but hey. Whatever works, I guess!
Attractive Films, the company producing the movie, has set a tentative release date for right around Easter. Given that much of Tolkien & Lewis will revolve around both writers’ Christian faith, it seems an appropriate time for a premiere. The film will take place just at the beginning of World War II, so will feature a slightly older Tolkien than the other documentary.
Both films look interesting for different reasons and I’m excited to learn a little bit more about one of my favorite authors in movie format! We’ll keep our eyes peeled for more news and official release dates!
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