It’s time for fans to prepare for a massive Lord of the Rings comeback. While we’ve already been expecting Amazon’s upcoming live-action Lord of the Rings television series, which will act as a prequel to the classic stories we’ve already seen, it appears that another prequel is also on the way. According to a new announcement, New Line Cinema and Warner Bros Animation are pairing together to create The War of the Rohirrim – an animated Lord of the Rings prequel that will be going to theaters.
This will be a nice way to keep the franchise going forward on both the small screen via Amazon and now the big screen. It’ll also be a new way to look at the modern film and television franchise – considering this will be an animated film. In particular, the story is supposed to focus on the ninth King of Rohan, Helm Hammerhand. It will also further elaborate the story of Helm’s Deep that was previously touched upon.
While the new animated film The War of the Rohirrim will be able to stand on its own, the official announcement did emphasize that it will work as a counterpart to the live-action films. Here’s what was stated by Warner Bros Animation head Sam Register via Deadline:
“This will be yet another epic portrayal of J.R.R. Tolkien’s world that has never been told before. We’re honored to partner with much of the incredible talent behind both film trilogies, along with new creative luminaries to tell this story. And so it begins.”
With the project now officially announced, we can assume that there will be further details in the near future. Again, with both this and Amazon’s upcoming Lord of the Rings series – it’s going to be a good time to be a Tolkien fan. Especially for those hoping to see the backstory of his vast universe further fleshed out in ways that the previous live-action films haven’t had the chance to explore.
The War of the Rohirrim will be directed by Kenji Kamiyama.