For those of you (somewhere) who have been clamoring for an anime on the the Lord of the Rings universe, New Line and Warner Animation have you covered. As reported by Deadline, The Lord of the Rings: War of the Rohirrim will bring the world of Middle-earth back to the big screen with an all-new medium.
While allegedly without the involvement of director Peter Jackson or producer / writer Fran Walsh, it remains to be seen if that will remain the case. However, the Oscar-winning writer of Return of the king, Philippa Boyens, is on board to consult on the new project. Japanese anime director Kenji Kamiyama will direct the film, with animation work from Sola Entertainment. Warner Bros. will disrupt the movie and the voice casting has already started.
Kamiyama has worked on many anime projects, such as the TV series Ghost in the Shell: Self-contained complex. Jeffrey Addiss and Will Matthews (who developed the Black crystal Netflix series) will write.
The Rohirrim War will look at the kingdom of Rohan during the Third Age of Middle-earth and the equestrian masters of the Rohirrim, specifically Helm Hammerhand, a character from the appendix of the book and one of the kings of Rohan. Thus, the film will take place before the events of the Lord of the Rings, developing the story of the fortress known as Helm’s Deep and an epic battle that took place during this time.
It’s hard to know what to expect from this project, but it will certainly be interesting to see not only how JRR Tolkien’s story fits this time around, but how well it blends into the style of the Japanese animation.