New Line Cinema is Making a Prequel Anime Film Titled ‘The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim’

it seems we’re going back to Middle-earth, as New Line Cinema is working on a prequel anime film titled The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim.

Before the hardcore Tolkien fans get up in arms about the studio making unnecessary expansions to the Lord of the Rings story, this film will be based on Tolkien’s own writings on the early history of Rohan, specifically the reign of the legendary Helm Hammerhand, the namesake for Helm’s Deep that features in the climactic battle of The Two Towers.

The War of the Rohirrim will be set approximately 250 years before The Fellowship of the Ring and explore the reign of Helm Hammerhand, one of the greatest Kings of Rohan. Tolkien gives a general outline of Helm’s reign in the appendices to The Lord of the Rings books, but there are a number of details left out. This prequel film would be the ideal way to fill in those gaps and tell the story of this legendary king.

Kenji Kamiyama, known for “Blade Runner: Black Lotus” and “Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex,” will direct. Jeffrey Addiss and Will Matthews (“The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance”) are writing the screenplay. Joseph Chou is producing the film. The studio is also recruiting Philippa Boyens, who was on the original trilogy’s screenwriting team, to serve as a consultant on “The War of the Rohirrim.” Sadly, it doesn’t look like Peter Jackson will be involved with the project, aside from the fact that this film will technically be set in the version of Middle-earth that he created.

The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim is still in early development but is intended for a wide theatrical release when it does come out.

What do you think of New Line Cinema going back to Middle-earth like this?


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