Fans of JRR Tolkien’s vast lore and Peter Jackson’s epic six-movie series collectively lost their shit earlier this week when it was announced that Warner Bros. had given the green light to a brand new animated feature film based on The Lord of the Rings.
The Rohirrim War has been confirmed to exist in the same continuity as Jackson’s sextet, with animation veteran Kenji Kamiyama directing from a script by Black crystal: resistance duo Jeffrey Addiss and Will Matthews, and Jackson’s Middle-earth co-author Phillipa Boyens on board as a creative consultant.
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Obviously, WB was casting envious glances at Amazon’s episodic $ 465 million adaptation and decided to use its control of movie rights to push its own new project into development. And like The Lord of the Rings is once again coming back into public consciousness, insider Daniel Richtman has now named Zack Snyder as someone interested in directing a Tolkien epic, but unsurprisingly, that’s all the tipster has to say about the question.
As well as being a frustrating and vague statement, there’s also the Warner Bros. in the play, after the studio severed its fifteen-year ties with the filmmaker, which led to some thinly veiled mud in the press from both sides. Without any additional details to provide any context or background as to why Snyder wants to lead a Rings movie, what it would be or even if it is live action or animation, the opacity of Richtman’s information means it’s best not to read too far into it for the moment. Especially when there are a lot more storylines in play right now preventing Zack Snyder from directing a the Lord of the Rings film than to allow him to do so.