After JRR Tolkien’s estate declared they do “not endorse” the upcoming biopic of the author, “Tolkien” director Dome Karukoski explained why it’s a good thing they didn’t work together.
“Usually you don’t work with estates and the reason is you easily start writing the winner’s history,” Karukoski explained to Page Six at the Montclair Film Festival’s screening of the film on Tuesday. “Nine out of 10 biopics are done without the [heirs] of the estate because you often start servicing them and not the film.”
He continued, “Sometimes you have to take artistic license to flush out the emotional truth of the story so the audience is captivated by that better.”
Last month, the estate released a statement making it clear they have no involvement in the upcoming film in which Nicholas Hoult portrays the late “Lord of The Rings” author.
“The family and the Estate wish to make clear that they did not approve of, authorize or participate in the making of this film,” the statement read. “They do not endorse it or its content in any way.”
The estate has not seen the film despite Karukoski offering them the chance to watch before the release on Friday.
“We did the film with love and respect,” he told us. “I’m a Tolkien fan. It’s done with love and respect towards the professor and when they see it, I hope they like it.”
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