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You might think that the movies-about-writers genre in Hollywood is something most studios (especially these days) aren't too eager to jump on. But, we suppose things change when you can find a way to work "The Lord Of The Rings" and "The Hobbit" into the marketing. With those books brought to the big screen in budget-busting, runtime stretching, popcorn buttering blockbuster trilogies, now the man behind Middle Earth himself is going to get the movie treatment. Fox Searchlight is developing a biopic of J.R.R. Tolkien, and have set "superfan" David Gleeson to pen the script. And certainly, Tolkien's lived a helluva a life. In addition to creating expansive worlds from his vivid imagination, he fought in World War I, worked for the Oxford English Dictionary, was a codebreaker during WWII, and was a leading researcher, academic, poet, professor and more. So, it's not hard to see a movie in there. »


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