A British production company named Attractive Films has announced that they plan to release a movie centered around the relationship between two of the most influential literary giants of our time, C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. The production company describes the film, titled Tolkien and Lewis, as “a drama fantasy set in war-torn Britain in 1941, revealing the faith, friendship and rivalry between J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis – who went on to become the world’s foremost fantasy authors.”  It is set to be directed by Simon West and written by Jacqueline Cook, though the lead roles have not been announced as cast.
Many Christians are familiar with the relationship between the two fantasy authors. Lewis and Tolkien both served in World War 2 and both taught at Oxford. They became friends through a group of writers at the college (though not all members were of the college) known as The Inklings. During his youth, C.S. Lewis walked away from his faith and turned to atheism. Through conversations with the writing group and his friend J.R.R. Tolkien, he came back to a relationship with Christ and ultimately became one of the most renowned Christian apologist writers of our time. He produced works that Christians have quoted for many years, such as Mere Christianity. He went on to write The Chronicles of Narnia series that erupted in popularity almost immediately.
Tolkien’s classic The Hobbit had some instant popularity, but The Lord of the Rings trilogy–while popular among its fandom–struggled initially with literary criticism.  The works began growing in popularity across the board in later years. The early success within The Lord of the Rings fandom caused some undesired effects for Tolkien though. Soon fans began coming to his house to marvel at where the author lived, and began calling him at all hours of the night to ask if Frodo would eventually destroy the ring (evidently before reading The Return of the King) or whether Balrogs had wings or not. He went on to write and publish more articles in his life.
It will be interesting to see how the relationship will be played out in film. Hopefully the movie will give a better understanding to the public of the relationship that would bring us some of the greatest works of recent history. As a Christian, I would like to see a good portion of the movie focus on how the relationship brought Lewis back to the faith. Since that is part of the story, it will undoubtedly play at least a minor role in the film. Whatever the movie decides to focus on, it definitely sounds like one to watch for.
Do you think the movie will be great or be a flop?
 Films by Attractive Films
 Tolkien Society Biography