Unlike the Fox Searchlight project, this one boasts the extra hook of Tolkien's friendship with Chronicles Of Narnia creator C.S. Lewis. Attractive Films is backing this one, which focuses on Tolkien's involvement in his Oxford colleague's conversion to Christianity, which had a profound effect on his writing. In turn, Lewis encourages Tolkien to finish The Lord Of The Rings.
But their close friendship ends up marred by jealousy, paranoia and religious differences, with Tolkien upset when Lewis becomes seen as the leading light in Christian literature and because his friend adopted Anglicanism rather than Tolkien's own Catholicism.
The company wants the movie ready before Searchlight can hit cinemas, aiming at an Easter release to better target Christian filmgoers. As always, watch this space.