It may be a couple of years away yet, but Lord Of The Rings will be returning to cinema screens in 2024.
It looks like Lord Of The Rings is set for a major return to the public consciousness over the next few years. Whilst the franchise’s popularity has endured for years following Peter Jackson’s beloved movie trilogy, apart from the odd video game and home formats re-issue of the movies, it has lain dormant. That’s all set to change over the course of the next five years though. Amazon is bringing its flagship Lord Of The Rings TV project to our screens, whilst the Zaentz company is reportedly selling the rights to the movies, games, live events and more.
Now it’s been announced that Warner Bros, who also owns a slice of the Middle-Earth pie, will be releasing a feature-length anime in 2024, entitled Lord Of The Rings: War Of The Rohirrim.
Whilst the film was announced last summer, we now have a release date to look forward to, even if it is some way off.
The plot will ‘explore the story behind the fortress of Helm’s Deep. It is set hundreds of years before filmmaker Peter Jackson’s Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers, which included a lengthy battle sequence taking place at the fortress. The anime film will also dive into the blood-soaked era of the mighty king of Rohan, Helm Hammerhand.’
This will mark the second occasion we’ve seen Helm’s Deep rendered in animation, following Ralph Bakshi’s 1978 film, which infamously ended Tolkien’s trilogy midway through the story, at the climax of the battle of Helm’s Deep.
Animation work on The War Of The Rohirrim has been ongoing for around a year now, by the same team that worked on Blade Runner: Black Lotus. Indeed, that film’s director, Kenji Kamiyama, is erm, ‘helming’ the project.
We’ve been promised that a voice cast will be announced soon, and you can be sure that we’ll update you as we hear more on this intriguing project.
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