Author JRR Tolkien to get a biopic

Last Updated: Nov 23, 2013, 20:40 PM IST

Los Angeles:The creator of middle earth is getting his own story told on the big screen.

Author JRR Tolkien, whose classics `The Hobbit` and `Lord of the Rings` were turned into successful film franchises by Peter Jackson, is getting a biopic
Fox Searchlight and Peter Chernin`s Chernin Entertainment are developing a feature project that would chronicle the key moments in Tolkien`s life, said the Hollywood Reporter.

The movie will explore the author`s life and his writing career that included great children`s classic `The Hobbit` in 1937 and in 1954 `Rings` trilogy.

David Gleeson, a sci-fi writer, has written the script for the under development project.

Tolkien had a fascinating life. He fought in World War I, where he saw countrysides torn to shreds and friends killed, and he was a code breaker in waiting during World War II.

He was close friends with CS Lewis, the author of the `Chronicles of Narnia` books, and the two made up part of an academic and writing group known as the Inklings.

It is not clear whether Tolkien`s estate is involved in the biopic.