Thirteen years after the fact, I am still mourning the loss of Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy. Other than, perhaps, the Star Wars saga, never has there been a more epic and captivating cinematic portrayal of the classic tale of good vs. evil. Sure, we did technically get more through The Hobbit films, but frankly, they never stood a chance of reaching the heights of the original trilogy, and even knowing that, many people were upset with the direction they took (I liked the first two, but it went all went downhill after that). This is made even sadder by the fact that J.R.R. Tolkien’s estate has sworn that they will never let anyone make another adaption of the late author’s novels (which the films are based on) ever again.
There is a silver lining though. J.R.R. Tolkien himself is finally getting a biopic about his life. Reported by Deadline, the news also confirms that James Strong (Downton Abbey) will direct the film alongside screenwriter Angus Fletcher. The film will reportedly be about Tolkien’s experiences in World War I and how that affected his relationship with his future wife, Edith Bratt, events that more than likely inspired the book series that would change the fantasy genre forever. The film will be (fittingly) titled Middle Earth.
It will be fascinating to get a window into the life of the man who created such an epic journey with timeless, archetypal characters like Frodo, Sauron, Aragon, and Gandalf. It will also be interesting to see the places he went in real life that inspired locations like the Shire (which was based on the old English countryside) and Mordor.
Little is currently known about the project, including the release date and who will be cast, but surely we’ll know soon enough. Until then, I just might whip out a copy of The Lord of the Rings to pass the time.