Narnia exec Mark Joseph producing a Tolkien & Lewis Movie


Tolkien & LewisOver the last few years, there have been many starts and stops for movies based on the life of J.R.R. Tolkien, including some that focus on his friendship with Narnia writer C.S. Lewis. There are currently at least two Tolkien movies that seem to be nearing production, with at least two more that I know are in varying stages of development. There’s also a TV series that is currently being written. Yep, that’s four different movies and a television series about Tolkien.

Tolkien & Lewis – The story centers on Tolkien’s relationship with his University of Oxford colleague C.S. Lewis, whom Tolkien, a devout Catholic, converted to Christianity. The formerly agnostic Lewis’ newfound faith infused his most popular books, including The Chronicles of Narnia series, while Lewis in turn encouraged Tolkien to finish hisThe Lord of the Rings volumes, which were decades in the making. Much of the movie takes place at the beginning of World War II, when Tolkien, a veteran of World War I, is haunted by memories of his fallen friends. Meanwhile, Lewis’ growing fame as an untrained theologian strains his relationship with Tolkien and his university job. Tolkien & Lewis producers include Mark Joseph (ReaganMax Rose), Mark Cooper(Chocolat), Jib Polhemus (The Mechanic), Charles Moore (The Eagle) and Wernher Pramschufer. (via) It is an $18 million drama, and will be produced by UK-based production outfit Attractive Films and directed by Simon West, known for The Expendables 2Con Air, and a certain Rick Astley music video.

Mark Joseph, a producer on Tolkien & Lewis, was also an exec for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005).

Tolkien (Working Title) – The Tolkien project is being put together at studio Fox Searchlight by producer Peter Chernin of Chernin Entertainment, which has brought films such as The Heat and Rise of the Planet of the Apes to cinemas in recent years. It will follow in the celluloid footsteps of films such as the Oscar-nominated 2004 J.M. Barrie biopic Finding Neverland, which told the story of the creator of Peter Pan, and this year’s London film festival hit Saving Mr. Banks, which chronicled the history of the spiky inventor of Mary Poppins, P.L. Travers, and her tussles with Walt Disney over the film adaptation of her book. (via)

I’m not sure of the progress of the other three projects, at this point. These two look closest to production at this point.

 


4 Responses to “Narnia exec Mark Joseph producing a Tolkien & Lewis Movie”

  1. Boke_wyrm says:

    Is “Jack & Tollers” a separate project?

  2. Andrew says:

    Correct

  3. Joyce Leigh says:

    There was just an Article in Variety that Simon West is doing another movie and not Tolkien and Lewis. Here is that link.

    http://variety.com/2014/film/news/simon-west-crowdfunding-salty-1201272089/

    Also, Fox searchlight has stated that the Tolkien only film is on hold.

    Lastly, the Jack & Tollers Face book page at Third Dart Studios announced a couple of weeks ago that they are talking to Tom Hanks as Director.

    I would hope that of the three, Jack & Tollers go forward as they are the only one using actual source material and not something totally made up. They have Colin Duriez’ book, The Gift of Friendship and he is attached to the project.

  4. Joyce Leigh says:

    Seems like Tolkine and Lewis has lost their Director. Here is a new link showing him seeking money for another movie. This is a UK fundraising site.

    https://www.syndicateroom.com/Salty?tab=0#deal

    Also, Third Dart Studios announced that they are talking to Tom Hanks about him directing. That one sounds more positive of the relationship and I enjoyed the book The Gift of Friendship that is being used for it.

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