LORD OF THE RINGS: THE WAR OF THE ROHIRRIM IN APRIL 2024, EARLY CONCEPT ART

The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim the 2D animated feature filmdirected by Kenji Kamiyama.

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The film produced by New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. Animation will be released by Warner Bros. Pictures on April 12, 2024 .

Toby Emmerich , president of Warner Bros. Pictures Group, said:

“The Lord of the Rings films took Tolkien’s masterpiece to new cinematic heights and inspired a generation. It is a gift to be able to revisit Middle-earth with many of the same creative visionaries and the talented Kenji Kamiyama at the helm. This will be an epic portrait unlike anything the public has ever seen. ”

The story is set about two centuries before the events narrated in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings by JRR Tolkien , and will explore the exploits of Helm Hammerhead, the mighty king of Rohan, and the creation of Helm’s Deep, which appeared in the film The Two Peter Jackson towers .

The voice cast will be announced soon.

Anime in what sense?

War of the Rohirrim

Jason DeMarco , Senior Vice President, Anime and Action Series / Longform at Warner Bros. Animation and Cartoon Network Studios , had previously explained what is meant by anime in the Rohirrim production:

“Also uh guys? When they say “anime” here they mean anime as “created and produced in Japan”. Not “anime style” like Avatar or Castlevania, although I’m also interested in that type of production. But I’m definitely making a bunch of SOULS. In case there is any doubt;) “.

Processing in Japan

Edoras violated. War of the Rohirrim

The project has been in the works since last year. In an interview with Akiba-Souken, director Kamiyama said:

“It’s completely different from working on other projects. Since we focus on making as ‘entertainment’, it is possible to create works that guarantee a certain level of quality depending on the scale of the budget and the staff. There is a lot of discussion about the script, the process is similar to building a stadium or a bridge. I think “The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim” will create a new level of animation production ”

DeMarco had also touched on the issue of production lightly, when asked last summer how this project fit into the increasingly common problem of overworked Japanese animation studios. DeMarco had explained:

“Yes, we don’t. And we won’t. It is up to the studios in Japan to decide how much work they can take, but we always ask them to provide realistic timelines and our mantra is “it’s done when it’s done”. See Uzumaki for proof ”.

Recall that the Uzumaki series , announced in 2019 and consisting of four episodes, has been postponed from 2020 to 2021, and from 2021 to 2022. Last June, director Hiroshi Nagahama had explained that the COVID-19 pandemic had required a restructuring of production by the team. And most likely Rohirrim may have found himself in a similar situation.

The team

Philippa Boyens , one of the writers of the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies , is one of the film’s executive producers. She stated:

“I am thrilled with the creative talent that has come together to bring this epic and heartbreaking story to life, from Kenji Kamiyama’s mastery to a truly stellar cast.”

Phoebe Gittins , Boyens’ daughter, and writing partner Arty Papageorgiou are writing the script based on the script by Jeffrey Addiss and Will Matthews (The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance).

The creative team includes: Weta , Richard Taylor (Oscar for makeup and visual effects from The Lord of the Rings), Alan Lee (Oscar art direction in LOTR), and Tolkien’s illustrator John Howe .

The film will be a story in its own right produced by Joseph Chou (Blade Runner: Black Lotus). The animation will be done by Sola Entertainment ( The God of High School, Ultraman, Blade Runner: Black Lotus ).