‘The Lord of the Rings’ universe expands to anime

“Lord of the Rings” fans have a lot to celebrate this year, including the upcoming Amazon series and the 20th anniversary of “The Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring.”

And now, New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. Animation are working together to create an anime accompaniment to the remarkable “LOTR” movies, notified deadline Thursday.

The new animated project, “The War of the Rohirim”, will center around Rohan’s epic battle with the King’s Helm Hammerhand. According to Deadline, set 250 years ago, the film is positioned as a prequel to the “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. The Ringers, as fans are called, are thrilled that this exclusive fight will finally hit the big screen as an extensive quest at Helm’s Deep Fortress.

Fans of the trilogy aren’t the only ones who are excited for another JRR Tolkien production.

“We all at New Line feel a deep affinity for the extraordinary world created by JRR Tolkien, so the opportunity to dive back into Middle-earth with the team at Warner Bros. and Warner Bros. Pictures Group told Deadline in a joint statement. “Fans know Helms Deep as the stage of one of the greatest battles of all time, involving many creative visionaries and the brilliant Kenji Kamiyama at the helm, we couldn’t be more excited to deliver a new vision. Its history that will invite global audiences to experience the rich, complex saga of Middle-earth in an exciting new way.”

"battle of rohirim" The epic will center around the battle with Rohan's King Helm the Hammerhand.
“The Battle of Rohirim” will center around the epic battle of the King of Rohan with the Helm Hammerhand.
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Sola Entertainment Will lead the animation work, kamiyama will direct and Philip Boynes, the trilogy co-writer, will be the production consultant. It is notable that Kamiyama is directing the feature given his acclaimed work in the anime genre, which includes “Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex” and “Blade Runner: Black Lotus”.

“LOTR” fans are also drawn to Amazon’s “Lord of the Rings” series, which began filming in New Zealand before the pandemic disrupted production. Amazon has already renewed the show for season 2 before season 1 and rights allegedly cost A whopping $250 million.


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