New Line is developing a Lord of the Rings anime prequel film ‘The War of the Rohirrim’ It is set 250 years before the Trilogy during the Third Age
The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim, a new New Line, and Warner Animation anime, is bringing the J.R.R. Tolkien property back to the big screen. I’ve been told that Oscar-winning movie architects Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh aren’t currently working on the project, but that will be determined later. Scriptwriter for the Oscar-winning Lord of the Rings: Return of King Philippa Boyens will work as a consultant on Kenji Kamiyama’s next project. Sola Entertainment is handling the animation for the film, which is moving along quickly. The voice casting process is presently in progress. Warner Bros. Pictures will release the film worldwide.
The War of the Rohirrim centers on a figure from the book’s appendices, Helm Hammerhand, the powerful King of Rohan, and a legendary conflict that altered Middle-earth before the events of The Lord of the Rings. The anime film will delve into Hammerhand’s life and bloody times, as well as the unknown narrative behind the castle of Helm’s Deep. Overall, the film is a prequel to New Line’s Lord of the Rings trilogy, taking place about 250 years before the first film in the third age (Note: Amazon’s planned Lord of the Rings mini-series takes place in the second age).
The announcement coincides with the 20th anniversary of The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring.
Blade Runner: Black Lotus and the TV series Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex were both created by Kamiyama. The film will be directed by Joseph Chou (Blade Runner: Black Lotus). Will Matthews (The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance) and Jeffrey Addiss (The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance) are composing the script.
“All of us at New Line feel a deep affinity for the extraordinary world J.R.R. Tolkien created, so the opportunity to dive back into Middle-earth with the team at Warner Bros. Animation is a dream come true,” Carolyn Blackwood, Chief Operating Officer, Warner Bros. Pictures Group, and Richard Brener, President and Chief Creative Officer, New Line Cinema, said. We couldn’t be more excited to deliver a fresh vision of its history that will invite global audiences to experience the rich, complex saga of Middle-earth. Fans know Helm’s Deep as the setting for one of the greatest battles ever put to film, and with many of the same creative visionaries involved and the brilliant Kenji Kamiyama at the helm, we couldn’t be more excited to deliver a fresh vision of its history that will invite global audiences to experience the rich, complex saga of Middle
“This will be another epic, never-before-told representation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s universe. “We’re thrilled to be working with so much of the tremendous talent from both film trilogies, as well as fresh creative luminaries, to tell this story,” said Warner Bros. Animation President Sam Register. “And this is where it all starts.”
The Lord of the Rings films have made $5.9 billion at the worldwide box office, including the Hobbit trilogy, and are the most decorated film series in history, with the largest number of Academy Awards and nominations, including 11 Oscars for Return of the King, tying the record for a single film.
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