New Line and Warner Animation are set to bring The Lord of the Rings into the realm of anime with an animated feature titled The War of the Rohirrim.
The film will fill in the details of the mighty Rohan King, Helm Hammerhand, and the legendary battle which shaped the Middle Earth we come to know in the books 250 years later.
The film will be directed by Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex) and produced by Joseph Chou. Writing duties fall to Jeffrey Addiss and Will Matthews of Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance fame.
We were also delighted to see that Ollie Barder is also on the team, though in what capacity he has yet to announce.
Always good to have a Brit on a Lord of the Rings project!
From the Press Release:
Carolyn Blackwood, Chief Operating Officer, Warner Bros. Pictures Group, and Richard Brener, President and Chief Creative Officer, New Line Cinema, said, “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. Fans know Helm’s Deep as the stage 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-earth in a thrilling new way.”
“This will be yet another epic portrayal of J.R.R. Tolkien’s world that has never been told before. We’re honored to partner with much of the incredible talent behind both film trilogies, along with new creative luminaries to tell this story,” said Sam Register, President of Warner Bros. Animation. “And so it begins.”