M-Net officially turns 30 years old today – celebrating three decades of bringing viewers across the African continent premium TV content

Reeva Steenkamp's best friend finally breaks her silence with beautiful tribute on Instagram

A movie about JRR Tolkien's life in the works

2013-11-22 18:00
The Hobbit
Los Angeles - A biopic about Lord of the Rings author JRR Tolkien is in the works.

The legendary writer, who wrote the popular fantasy novel as well as prequel novel The Hobbit, will be the subject of a historical drama documenting his life and the events that led to him writing the best-selling stories.

The film is being produced by Fox Searchlight and Chernin Entertainment, who have tapped Irish screenwriter David Gleeson to pen the script, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Interesting life

Tolkien's life certainly proves cinematic as the writer fought in World War I, between 1914 and 1918, and was a codebreaker-in-waiting during World War II, between 1939 and 1945.

The scribe was also close pals with The Chronicles of Narnia creator C.S. Lewis, with whom he formed a writing group known as the Inklings.

Tolkien penned The Hobbit in 1937 and followed up nearly 20 years later with Lord of the Rings.

Tolkien and his wife's gravestone in Oxford, England.
JRR Tolkien's grave
(Photo: Getty Images)

Classic literature

The books have gone on to sell millions of copies around the world, capturing the imaginations of children and adults alike, and they have since been adapted into blockbuster movies directed by Peter Jackson.

The filmmaker's acclaimed Lord of the Rings trilogy was released between 2001 and 2003, with the final installment, The Return of the King, earning a Best Picture award at the Oscars.

Jackson has since adapted The Hobbit into a movie trilogy, which launched in 2012.


24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Recent News

Deadpool director Tim Miller reportedly quit the sequel after he and Ryan Reynolds disagreed over the casting of Cable. Read More »
Add your review

The South African HorrorFest film festival celebrates its 12th anniversary this year. Read More »
Add your review

inside channel 24

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.