July 26, 2017

Finnish director to helm J.R.R. Tolkien biopic

J.R.R. Tolkien published 'The Hobbit' in 1937, followed by his epic 'The Lord of the Rings,' which has sold more than 150 million copies.
J.R.R. Tolkien published 'The Hobbit' in 1937, followed by his epic 'The Lord of the Rings,' which has sold more than 150 million copies.
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Dome Karukoski is to make a film covering the formative years of iconic ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘The Hobbit’ author J.R.R. Tolkien.

According to Deadline Hollywood, the script for Tolkien has been written by David Gleeson and Stephen Beresford. The film explores how the orphaned author finds love, friendship and inspiration among fellow outcasts at school before the outbreak of the First World War in 1914.

Dome Karukoski will next explore the author who created 'Middle Earth' and captured the imagination of millions of people.

Dome Karukoski will next explore the author who created ‘Middle Earth’ and captured the imagination of millions of people.

Jaana Rannikko

J.R.R. Tolkien served in the British armed forces from 1916 to 1920. He wrote The Hobbit in 1937 and worked on the sequel, The Lord of the Rings, between 1937 and 1949. Both novels were adapted to the screen by film director Peter Jackson.

Now it’s the author’s own turn, with Finnish director Dome Karukoski stepping into the director’s chair of the project developed by Fox Searchlight and Chernin Entertainment since 2013. Casting for the film is also underway.

Karukoski’s past credits include Beauty and the Bastard (2005), The Home of Dark Butterflies (2008), Lapland Odyssey (2010), Heart of a Lion (2013) and Tom of Finland (2017).

Check out our 10 Questions with the 40-year-old director, where he explains the challenges of film making and what makes him relax during his gruelling work schedule.

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