SALT LAKE CITY—The upcoming “Tolkien” movie is not getting five-star reviews from J.R.R. Tolkien’s family.
The Tolkien family said it had no part in the film’s creation and does not “endorse it or its content in any way.”
“The family of J.R.R. Tolkien and the Tolkien Estate are aware of the Fox Searchlight motion picture entitled 'Tolkien' that is due for release in May 2019,” the statement to People read.
“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.”
About “Tolkien”: “Tolkien” follows a young J.R.R. Tolkien making friends, falling in love and fighting in World War I. It reportedly focuses on the events that inspired Tolkien’s “Lord of the Rings” series.
It isn’t the first time Tolkien’s estate have made efforts to protect the author’s legacy and image.
Deadline reported in 2012 that the Tolkien estate sued Warner Bros. for $80 million over online slot machines and digital merchandising related to the “Lord of the Rings” films.
“Not only are gambling services outside the rights granted,” the Tolkien estate told Deadline at the time, “but this exploitation of Tolkien’s well-loved work has offended and distressed Tolkien’s devoted fans, harming Tolkien’s legacy and reputation.”
The suit was reportedly “amicably resolved” in 2017.
According to People, Tolkien’s son Christopher Tolkien has expressed frustration with the commercialization of his father’s novels, saying in 2012 that it “has reduced the aesthetic and philosophical impact of the creation to nothing.”
“Tolkien” hits theaters May 10.