Warner Bros and New Line Cinema will release the next theatrical film in the Lord of the Rings series in 2024 as an original anime feature.
The movie, The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim, will take place about two hundred years before the events of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
According to Variety, The War of the Rohirrim will focus on the adventures of Helm Hammerhand, the ninth King of Rohan. It will also feature the creation of Helm’s Deep, the fortress shown in Peter Jackson’s The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers film.
First announced in June 2021, the film will be directed by Kenji Kamiyama. Kamiyama has previously directed the TV series Blade Runner: Black Lotus and Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex.
Blade Runner: Black Lotus producer Joseph Chou has been working on the new film through his anime studio Sola Entertainment.
“The Lord of the Rings films took Tolkien’s masterwork to new cinematic heights and inspired a generation,” Warner Bros. Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich told Variety. “It’s a gift to be able to revisit Middle-earth with many of the same creative visionaries and the talented Kenji Kamiyama at the helm. This will be an epic portrayal unlike anything audiences have ever seen.”
Conceptual art from the film takes inspiration from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies. Philippa Boyens, who won an Oscar alongside the screenwriting team in both Middle-Earth trilogies, expressed excitement over the upcoming project.
“I’m in awe of the creative talent who have come together to bring this epic, heart-pounding story to life, from the mastery of Kenji Kamiyama to a truly stellar cast,” Boyens, who serves as the film’s executive producer, explained.
It is also worth noting that the story in The War of the Rohirrim will be completely separate from the Amazon’s series, The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, which takes place 1,000 years before the events of the Jackson movies.
The War of the Rohirrim is set to release in theaters on April 12, 2024.
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