We might be returning to J.R.R. Tolkien’s ‘Middle Earth’ far sooner than expected, with the Lord of the Rings anime, produced by Warner Bros. Animation due to be fast-tracked by New Line Cinema.
Titled The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim, the original anime feature film will follow the bloody beginnings of ‘Helm’s Deep’, chronicling the fortress’ history, including the exploration of Helm Hammerhand, the legendary King of Rohan whom the city is named after.
Closely connected to Warner Brothers’ previous six ‘Middle Earth’ films, the anime series sees Philippa Boyens, an Oscar-winning screenwriter for the adaptation of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, consulting on the series. Importantly for all LOTR fans, however, The War of the Rohirrim will not be connected to Amazon’s new goliath series set 1000 years before the original films, with the origins of’ ‘Helm’s Deep’ occurring a whole 740 years later.
The series is due to be written by Jeffrey Addiss and Will Matthews, previously responsible for Netflix’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, whilst Joseph Chou involved with the upcoming anime Blade Runner: Black Lotus is set to produce.
With the six ‘Middle Earth’ films hauling in total over $5.8 billion worldwide, it’s no wonder that Warner Brothers are fast-tracking their project with reportedly voice casting and animation at Sola Entertainment already in the process.
In a statement Carolyn Blackwood, Warner Bros. chief operating officer spoke together with Richard Brener, New Line Cinema president:
“All of us at New Line feel a deep affinity for the extraordinary world J.R.R. Tolkien created, so the opportunity to dive back into Middle-earth with the team at Warner Bros. Animation is a dream come true…Fans know Helm’s Deep as the stage for one of the greatest battles ever put to film and, with many of the same creative visionaries involved and the brilliant Kenji Kamiyama at the helm, we couldn’t be more excited to deliver a fresh vision of its history that will invite global audiences to experience the rich, complex saga of Middle-earth in a thrilling new way.”
We cannot wait to see what an anime-inspired ‘Middle Earth’ might have in store…