New Line Cinema returns to Middle-earth.
The studio behind the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit feature films has partnered with Warner Bros. Animation based on the original anime theatrical film The Lord of the Rings: The War of Rohirim.
The stand-alone feature will depict the bloody saga behind Helm’s Deep, the fortress depicted in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, and the man in whose honor it is named: Helm Hammerhand, Rohan’s legendary king who spent much of his reign locked in a long and dear war.
Veteran anime director Kenji Kamiyama, who directed Netflix’s anime series “Ultraman,” will direct the film based on a screenplay by Jeffrey Addis and Will Matthews (“The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance”
Although the filmmaking team is new to the Lord of the Rings film franchise, the project is designed to be linked to director Peter Jackson’s six Middle-earth films based on JRR Tolkien’s books. Philippa Boyens, who won an Oscar for her screenplay for The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, is advising on the project, which will also draw its aesthetic and narrative inspiration from the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
However, Rohirrim’s War has nothing to do with Amazon’s huge Lord of the Rings series, which is deeply produced in New Zealand. This project takes place in the Second Age of Middle-earth, millennia before the events in feature films; Helm Hammerhand’s reign, on the other hand, took place approximately 260 years before the LOTR films.
With the upcoming series of Amazon, New Line and Warner Animation are quickly tracking their function, with animation in Sola Entertainment and voice casting already underway. The six features of Middle-earth have earned more than $ 5.8 billion worldwide for Warner Bros. and the studio doesn’t seem content to cede its claim to Tolkien’s creative territory to Amazon.
“All of us at New Line have a deep affinity for the extraordinary world created by JRR Tolkien, so the opportunity to dive back into Middle-earth with the Warner Bros. team. Animation is a dream come true “, Carolyn Blackwood, Warner Bros. Pictures Group’s chief operating officer and Richard Brenner, president of New Line Cinema and chief creative officer, said in a statement. “Fans know Helm’s Deep as a scene for one of the greatest battles ever filmed and starring many of the same creative visionaries and the brilliant Kenji Kamiyama, we couldn’t be more excited to provide a new vision for his story that will invited the world audience to experience the rich, complex saga of Middle-earth in an exciting new way. “
“This will be another epic picture of JRR Tolkien’s world that has never been told before,” said Sam Registrar, president of Warner Bros. Animation. “We are honored to partner with much of the incredible talent behind the two film trilogies, along with new creative luminaries to tell this story.”
Warner Bros. Pictures will distribute the project worldwide.