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MIRKWOOD Movie Coming?

Steve Hillard's Mirkwood could have a feature film version soon.

By Jarrod Sarafin     August 16, 2011
Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Steve Hillard's Tolkien fantasy adventure MIRKWOOD(2011).
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It seems that not only will fans see J.R.R. Tolkien's Mirkwood in the upcoming adaptions of The Hobbit, they will also see a film named after the mysterious forest and Tolkien himself entering his own fictional world. HR is reporting that despite some recent legal battles centering on Steve Hillard's recent novel Mirkwood---specifically with the estate of the late author---a theatrical adaptation is in the works out of EMO Films. The deal was made when the Tolkien estate and reps for Hillard's novel resolved their conflict. EMO's Joel Eisenberg and Timothy Owens will produce the film.

Plot Concept: "Mirkwood" tells of Tolkien hiding secret documents that the forces of evil will do anything to obtain, and the young orphan girl, Cadence, who discovers them. In the opening pages of Hillard's novel, world-renowned author and linguist Tolkien lands in New York City on a mysterious errand. He carries with him a collection of ancient documents, many in an unknown language that hint of a heroine, a halfling named Ara, who lived in the same ancient landscape that inspired Tolkien's Middle-earth.

Fearing that possession of the documents will lead to great harm, Tolkien entrusts them to a simple scissor sharpener named Jesse Grande. Almost four decades later, Grande has disappeared and the documents have been found by Grande's orphaned granddaughter, Cadence. As dark forces from the realm of fantasy hunt down the documents and their guardian, Cadence must protect the story of Ara.




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isgrimner 8/16/2011 7:45:03 AM

Never heard of it before now, but it sounds like ass.

Hobbs 8/16/2011 8:03:57 AM

I agree Isgrimner...plus I hate hack writers who can't think of their own stuff and have to steal other writers material.  Professional writers don't like it either, it's called fan fiction and guys like George R.R. Martin speak out against it with a vengence.  As he and others should, think of your own ideas don't rip off what's out there.

Too bad Tolkien estate settled with this guy, I wouldn't have rested until his book was destroyed. 

Wiseguy 8/16/2011 8:09:17 AM

Well I'm of the opposing view. I actually like how it sounds and that it makes Tolkien a character in it too. Sort of like Middle Earth's realm is an alternate universe and maybe those dark forces want to cross over or gain power. I like it. I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for this

goldeneyez 8/16/2011 8:10:54 AM

Hobbs, I think I have to disagree with the idea of hack writers... my only criteria is that someone come up with a good yarn to tell.

Using your logic, what are any of the writers of comic books after the original creators left the project other than hacks?  However, if you give a little wiggle room and allow someone to take someone else's idea they might do some surprising things with them and may even surpass the creators.  Then again, it could turn out to be crap.  My only point is be open to new things.  You might find something you like.

Hobbs 8/16/2011 8:48:48 AM

Goldeneyez, you can't use comics as a comparison.  They are owned by whoever, marvel, DC, etc. so there isn't an issue with using different writers on the titles. 

Novels are a whole different monster.  You work your arse off to create a world, characters, etc and then you finally get your book sold after years and thousands of rejection letters and it's a best seller.  Then some hack comes along and takes your characters and your world and writes his own novel.  It has nothing to do wtih being open to new things, it's protecting what's yours.  Someone shouldn't be allowed to come along and write a sequel to the Green Mile just because they liked the world Stephen King created.  Plus there are copy protection laws in place.  If you can't see what's wrong with that then I feel sorry for you.  This Hillard hack should have been squased by the Tolkien estate and makes you wonder why they didn't.

LadyBrowncoat 8/16/2011 9:29:29 AM

 I have never heard of this novel, so I'm pretty darn skeptical.

FerretJohn 8/16/2011 11:26:36 AM

While you may think of them as hacks stealing others ideas Hobbs, I think of them as fans trying to honor those who inspired them to do what they do.  Middle Earth was a big world with many things happening there, so long as the writers spin a good tale and get the worldly details right I see no reason why realm can't be used.  During one of the many quiet moments at work, in fact, I was thinking of the Northern Front of the Ring War, of Radagast and the dwarves battling the northern orcs and Galadriel and Celeborn leading the elves against Saurons secondary base of Dol Goldur.  Those are tales I'd like to hear.

That said, this tale seems only tenuously connected to Middle Earth, from the description it sounds more in line with James Owen's Imaginarium Geographica series.  I'll look up the book and see how it reads then decide if it might make a good movie.

Hobbs 8/16/2011 12:36:59 PM

ferret, I totally agree they are fans thus it's called fan fiction but it doesn't stop someone from being a hack. Now if you want to write a tale about middle earth and keep it in your notebook not a big deal...you try to make any income off of it you should be stopped.

In the end it's up to the writer, some don't care though I would like to see if they still didn't care once someone starts making money off of it.  Those that do care are quick to tell those fans to stop under the copy protection law and from everything I've heard about or read, the fan has stopped and it hasn't been a problem.

In my opinion anyone that takes anothers work and tries to prosper off of it will always be a hack.

Squid 8/16/2011 1:44:09 PM

So, for those who say the author is a hack... is Alan Moore a hack for League of Extrodinary Gentlemen?  Is Robert Downey a hack for Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows?  Is Star Trek: The Next Generation all hackery?

Where do you draw the line? 

MrJawbreakingEquilibrium 8/16/2011 1:49:35 PM

Squid, I think  that only League fits into the example.

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