It's not Hobbit news, but it's more J.R.R. for the masses. Mirkwood author Steve Hillard is hooking up with EMO films to bring his self-published novel to the big screen, that will " ... delve considerably deeper into Tolkien's little-known back story, such as his original plans to become a codebreaker in World War II up through the writing of his enduring works." The adaptation is somewhat of a miracle, considering the legal issues Hillard faced with the Tolkien estate. The novel uses Tolkien's name and likeness, which was a big no-no for the estate (headed by Christopher, the author's son). Hillard took to the courts declaring his First Amendment rights, but the parties finally agreed to settle.
Hillard's book -- which he claims is a work of "literary criticism" -- takes readers inside Tolkien's world, re-inventing the Lord of the Rings author for a new generation. "In 1970, Professor Tolkien makes a little-known visit to America-and sets in motion elvish powers embodied in a cache of archaic documents. Destinies are altered, legends become real, and two heroines must race for their lives in vastly different worlds," according to the book's description on Amazon. The author has promised the film adaptation will follow the basic template of his story.
Mirkwood is named after two fictional forests from Tolkien's Middle-earth. Is this fantasy fiction worthy of the screen treatment, or would you rather see a new Tolkien tale translated for cinema?