New ‘Lord of the Rings’ Anime Prequel Set 250 Years Before the Trilogy

New ‘Lord of the Rings’ Anime Prequel Set 250 Years Before the Trilogy

As The Lord of the Rings celebrates its 20th anniversary, New Line Cinema will expand and explore the cinematic experience of the world created by J.R.R. Tolkien.

New Line Cinema has announced that they will be teaming up with Warner Bros. Animation to produce an original anime prequel.

Titled The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim, the prequel will take place about 250 years before the events of The Lord of the Rings film trilogy and will be set in the Middle-earth universe.

New Lord Of The Rings Anime Prequel Set 250 Years Before The Trilogy
The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim | Source: IMDb

The film will explore the legendary Helm’s Deep fortress. Helm’s Deep was the center of the Battle of the Hornburg during the War of the Ring in The Two Towers. Helm Hammerhand, the mightly King of Rohan, will be the central figure in War of the Rohirrim.

The film will be a standalone feature directed by Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex). Philippa Boyens, who co-wrote Rings and Hobbit with filmmaker Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh, will be working as a consultant on the project.

Warner Bros. Pictures Group COO Carolyn Blackwood and New Line President and CCO Richard Brener said in a statement,

“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.”

Sam Register, Warner Bros. Animation President, stated ,

“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.”

This isn’t the only exciting news for the fans of the franchise, as there is another upcoming LOTR project being developed by Amazon Studios. The new LOTR series will explore the Second Age of Middle-earth. It is touted to be the streaming service’s most expensive project, estimated to be valued at $1 billion.

The Lord of The Rings trilogy remains one of the highest-grossing movie series of all time, grossing $2.9 billion upon initial release and winning 17 Oscars in total.

New Lord Of The Rings Anime Prequel Set 250 Years Before The Trilogy
Frodo Baggins | Source: Netflix

The project is being fast-tracked with animation work done by Sola Entertainment. The voice casting is already underway. Warner Bros. Pictures will be the film’s worldwide distributor.

About The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim

The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim is an upcoming anime prequel to The Lord of the Rings trilogy. New Line Cinema will be teaming up with Warner Bros. Animation to expand the world created by J.R.R. Tolkien.

The film will be a stand-alone feature directed by Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex). Rings and Hobbit co-writer Philippa Boyens will be working as a consultant on the project.

The film will take place about 250 years before the events of the trilogy and will be set in the Middle-earth universe. It will explore the legendary Helm’s Deep fortress. Helm Hammerhand, the mightly King of Rohan, will be the central figure of War of the Rohirrim. Helm’s Deep was the center of the Battle of the Hornburg during the War of the Ring in Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers movie.