The Lord of the Rings is heading back to the big screen with a new upcoming anime prequel film, titled “The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim.”
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. And so it begins.
Sam Register (President of Warner Bros. Animation)
The war of the Rohirrim follows the mighty King of Rohan, Helm Hammerhand, and a legendary battle which helped shaped Middle-earth heading into The Lord of the Rings. The anime pic will expand the untold story behind the fortress of Helm’s Deep, delving into the life and bloodsoaked times of Hammerhand.
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.
Carolyn Blackwood (COO, Warner Bros. Pictures Group) & Richard Brener (President and CCO, New Line Cinema)
While Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh seemingly are not involved with this anime feature, it was announced that Oscar-winning Lord of the Rings: Return of the King scribe Philippa Boyens will be a consultant on the new project. The anime prequel will be directed by Kenji Kamiyama. Jeffrey Addiss and Will Matthews are writing the screenplay, with Joseph Chou producing.
The project is being produced by New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. Animation, it was also recently fast-tracked. The film is set to have an international theatrical release by Warner Bros. Pictures. Animation work is already being done at Sola Entertainment, and voice casting is underway.