‘Middle Earth’ J.R.R. Tolkien Biopic Lands James Strong as Director

Fans of Broadchurch, Gracepoint and Downton Abbey can rejoice as one of its directorial alumni is taking on the true life story of J.R.R. Tolkien. James Strong has been locked to direct Middle Earth which will chronicle the timeline and inspirations in his life that led to the creation of The Hobbit and The Lord Of The Rings.

Robert Shaye and Michael Lynne are producing under their new shingle Unique Features – the pair were responsible for bringing Peter Jackson’s hugely risky The Lord of the Rings trilogy to the big screen when they owned New Line Cinema – with a script that has been written by Angus Fletcher. THR reports:

[the film is] based on six years of interviews and archival research — will chart the tumultuous events that inspired him to pen Hobbit and Lord of the Rings trilogies: when war broke out in 1914, disrupting his Oxford life with his wife Edith Bratt, Tolkien embarked on four years of battle, hardship, and new friendships, which served to shape his imagination and start him on the path to Middle Earth.