The filmmakers behind the upcoming J.R.R. Tolkien biopic stand by their movie after the author’s family said they do not support it.
In a statement, the Lord Of The Rings writer’s estate slammed the flick that is set for release next month: “The family and the Estate wish to make clear that they did not approve of, authorize, or participate in the making of the film. They do not endorse it or its content in any way.”
In response, Fox Searchlight released a statement (via The Guardian), which says the studio was “so proud of Dome Karukoski’s film which focuses on the early years of Tolkien’s extraordinary life and does not depict subject matter from his novels.
“While we did not work with the Tolkien estate on this project, the film-making team has the utmost respect and admiration for Mr Tolkien and his phenomenal contribution to literature.”
The film, “Tolkien”, which stars Nicholas Hoult and Lily Collins, follows the author in his formative years at school.
The official synopsis from Fox Searchlight reads: “Tolkien explores the formative years of the orphaned author as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts at school. This takes him into the outbreak of World War I, which threatens to tear the ‘fellowship’ apart. All of these experiences would inspire Tolkien to write his famous Middle-Earth novels.”
Tolkien’s estate has been very vocal about guarding the late author’s legacy. In fact, they’ve filed numerous lawsuits against different companies claiming copyright infringement.
The film opens May 10 in select theatres.