It’s been 20 years since The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring hit the screens, and in celebration of that milestone New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. have announced a new project for Middle-earth, an animated standalone film, The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim.
Acclaimed filmmaker Kenji Kamiyama (Blade Runner: Black Lotus, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex) will take on the project that promises to delve into one of the greatest battles of Middle-earth that helped set the stage for the beloved trilogy and one of its most iconic locations — Helm’s Deep of Rohan. It is considered a companion piece to the original trilogy, with Oscar-winner Phillipa Boyens, a screenwriter from the original trilogy, acting as a consultant for the film.
The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim explores and expands the untold story behind the fortress of Helm’s Deep, delving into the life and bloodsoaked times of one of Middle-earth’s most legendary figures; the mighty King of Rohan – Helm Hammerhand.
“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.”
The film is being fast-tracked for a theatrical release and voice work is currently being cast.
Stay tuned for more news as it unfolds!