That controversial Tolkien book? It's being made into a movie

Earlier this year, J.R.R. Tolkien was at the center of a hot debate—and it had nothing to do with The Hobbit. Have you ever heard of Mirkwood? It's a novel that features the late author as one of its primary characters, and after months of legal wrangling, it's being made into a movie.

Author Steve Hillard has gone back and forth with Tolkien's family regarding the use of his likeness in Mirkwood. The book features six characters. Five are fictional and one is Tolkien himself. Hillard's big defense was that Mirkwood was nothing more than literary criticism, a defense that Tolkien's family originally didn't buy.

After months in court, both sides reached a settlement and agreed that the novel could be released if it was tagged with the disclaimer "This is a work of fiction which is neither endorsed nor connected with The J.R.R. Tolkien Estate or its publisher."

With the lawsuit out of the way, Hillard is looking for new ways to cash in on Mirkwood's story. He just signed a deal with EMO Films to turn the novel into a movie.

He says the film "will delve considerably deeper into Tolkien's little-known back story, such as his original plans to become a codebreaker in World War II up through the writing of his enduring works."

Are you interested in seeing a Tolkien movie that's more about Tolkien himself than Middle-earth?

(via The Hollywood Reporter)

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