The director of the new film based on the life of J.R.R. Tolkien says he believes fans of the famous author will enjoy the movie, even if it doesn’t have the endorsement of Tolkien’s family.
“It’s a labor of love. It’s done by a fan,” director Dome Karukoski told Christian Headlines.
Tolkien (1892-1973) was the author of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit novels. A Fox Searchlight movie about him – called Tolkien(PG-13) – releases in theaters this weekend.
The family of Tolkien released a statement in April clarifying they had no involvement.
“The family and the Estate wish to make clear that they did not approve of, authorize or participate in the making of this film,” the statement said. “They do not endorse it or its content in any way.”
Karukoski said it’s common not to involve the family in movies about historical figures.
“You try not to work with the estate. And the reason is you usually start writing so-called winners’ history – you know, because even if it’s the nicest and kindest estate ever, you start servicing them and not the film,” Karukoski said. “Nine out of 10 biopics actually are done without the estate.”
Karukoski said his source material included books and Tolkien authorities.
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Source: Christian Headlines