British director James Strong has signed on to direct the long awaited biopic about Lord of the Rings author, J.R.R Tolkien. The author is synonymous with defining the fantasy genre with his many Middle Earth books. Although his name may be one of the best known today, due to the success of his many books and the hugely successful Middle Earth films, directed by Peter Jackson, his own personal story is generally unknown.
The film entitled Middle Earth is to expected to follow Tolkien’s early life and his courtship of Edith Bratt, who would later become his wife. Tolkien’s life was then disrupted by the outbreak of World War I, in which he fought. It is Tolkien’s direct experience in the Great War that would later influence the development of the important themes of good and evil that he so clearly explored in his fantasy writings. Many people have surmised Tolkien’s work is in fact an allegory for both World Wars.
Strong will direct Middle Earth from a script by Black List scribe Angus Fletcher, who spend over six years gathering research through personal interviews and delving through archives. The biopic will be produced by the same team that green-lit Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne.
Middle Earth is currently in the early stages of development, however for Tolkien fans throughout the world who have been interested in a big screen film about the late author, it appears to only be a matter of time before the story about the author of some of the most important fantasy novels in history is brought to life.