A Lord of the Rings anime movie hits theaters


New Line Cinema and Warner Brothers Animation are working on a new Lord of the Rings movie hitting theaters, with an anime twist (through Variety). The movie will be called The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim, and it covers the history behind the fortress at Helm’s Deep – whose battle is one of the most exciting parts of the entire original trilogy with its exploding walls, shield surfing and incredible horse stunts.

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Kenji Kamiyama will be directing the film, and it’ll be interesting to see how well his style fits into a medieval fantasy setting – he’s tackled futuristic sci-fi projects before, including Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, 009 Re: Cyborg, and Netflix’s Ultraman. The film is written by the makers of The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, and while Peter Jackson is not directly involved, one of the writers of the original trilogy (and the hobbit films) acts as an advisor.

While the names behind the film are interesting, it doesn’t seem like Warner Brothers or New Line are going deep into the Tolkien source for story ideas – the events Rohirrim will be depicted are only a few hundred years before the battle depicted in The two towers. Compare that to, say, Amazon’s Lord of the Rings show, set in the Second Age, way before the War of the Ring – the characters in the anime movie may be unfamiliar to most viewers, but the world will probably be quite similar to what we’ve already seen. Sure, there’s still room for this project to be interesting, but maybe it would have been more exciting if we’d been given a story about something like the Silmarils or the fall of the Númenor.

So far, we don’t know any details like when the movie will be released or who will be starring in it.