Warner Bros. Animation and New Line Cinema announced Thursday that Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Blade Runner: Black Lotus, Eden of the East) will direct the feature film The Lord of the Rings: War of the Rohirrim, set in the world of JRR Tolkien, Middle Earth.
The film is produced by New Line Cinema in association with Warner Bros. Animation. Sola Entertainment will animate the film and Warner Bros. Pictures will distribute the film.
The film is described as an original anime feature film, depicting “a legendary battle that helped shape Middle-earth and set the stage” for Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings. “Explore and expand the untold story behind the fortress of Helm’s Deep, delving into the life and blood-soaked times of one of Middle-earth’s most legendary figures: the mighty King of Rohan – Helm Hammerhand.”
Joseph Chou (Blade Runner: Black Lotus TV series) is producing, and Jeffrey Addiss and Will Matthews (The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance) are writing the script. Oscar-winner Philippa Boyens, who was on the writing team for the live-action film trilogies The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, is a consultant on the project.
The Lord of the Rings is a high fantasy epic novel written by J.R.R. Tolkien, which was later adapted as a trilogy. The story began as a sequel to Tolkien’s earlier fantasy book, The Hobbit, and soon grew into a much larger story.
Written in stages between 1937 and 1949, and much of it was written during World War II, it was originally published in three volumes in 1954 and 1955. Since then it has been reprinted numerous times and translated into at least 38 different languages, becoming one of the most popular works of 20th-century literature.