The Lord of the Rings story continues with anime prequel The War of the Rohirrim about Helm’s Deep
Fans of JRR Tolkien will be delighted that New Line and Warner Bros. team up to create an animated film that precedes The Lord of the Rings, titled The War of the Rohirrim.
The “blood-soaked” story – written by Jeffrey Addiss and Will Matthews (The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance) – centers on Helm’s Deep founder Helm Hammerhand, the ninth king of Rohan.
It takes place hundreds of years before the epic nighttime battle at the fortress depicted in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002).
And while LOTR director Peter Jackson gave his blessing, he and wife Fran Walsh are not involved in The War of the Rohirrim, but co-writer Philippa Boyens will serve as an advisor.
Anime veteran Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex) has signed on to direct the accelerated film, which is set to hit theaters.
“At New Line, we all feel a deep affinity for the extraordinary world that JRR Tolkien created, so the opportunity to dive back into Middle-earth with the team at Warner Bros. Animation is a dream come true,” Warner Bros. Pictures Group COO Carolyn Blackwood and New Line president Richard Brener said in a joint statement: THR on Thursday.
Fans know Helm’s Deep as the stage for one of the greatest battles ever filmed and with many of the same creative visionaries involved and the brilliant Kenji Kamiyama at the helm, we couldn’t be more excited to announce a new one. vision of its history that will invite a worldwide audience to experience the rich, complex saga of Middle-earth in an exciting new way.”
Voice casting in full swing!
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The beloved original trilogy garnered 17 Oscars and $2.991 billion at the worldwide box office, while the Hobbit trilogy made $2.931 billion at the box office to far less critical acclaim.
The War of the Rohirrim is separate from Amazon Studios’ $450 million live-action series, which is set in a different era of the world known as Middle-earth.
All projects grew out of the classic fantasy novels The Fellowship of the Ring (1954), The Two Towers (1954), and The Return of the King (1955), written by JRR Tolkien.