21 November 2013 11:43 AM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

While the products of his imagination are busy fuelling the second of two massive movie trilogies thanks to Peter Jackson’s Hobbit films, what of Professor John Ronald Reuel Tolkien himself? Yes, we’re aware he died in 1973 thanks, but the man behind Middle-earth has been a constant source of fascination for fans and biographers alike. Yet a definitive biopic about the man has somehow always slipped from filmmakers’ grasp. Fox Searchlight is looking to change all that with a new project.The company, along with Peter Chernin’s Chernin Entertainment (the sooner they start an ice-cream subsidiary, the happier our pun-brains will be) has Tolkien fan (and Cowboys And Angels writer / director) David Gleeson already at work on a script that will look at the author’s life, focusing largely on his studies at Oxford and his time in World War I.His experiences in the Great War, including the loss of many friends, »


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