Rohan’s King Helm Hammerhand and his fortress Helms Gorge, known from The Two Towers, will be the subject of the animated film The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim by Warner Bros. Animation and New Line Cinema, which has now been announced for spring 2024.
After the Hobbit trilogy from the last decade, a lot of stories from J. R. R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth are coming to us again in this decade. Starting with Amazon Prime Video’s record-breaking budget series The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, which takes us into the Second Age of fantasy on September 2. But that’s not all, because the animation project announced last year by Warner Bros. Animation, New Line Cinema, and anime studio Sola Entertainment will gallop into theaters on April 12, 2024, as Variety has learned.
“The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim” takes place about 200 years before the events of “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings” and tells of the bloody war that Helm Hammerhand, the ninth king of Rohan, has led for years and relentlessly against the wild Dunlanders. The fortress Helms Klamm is named after him, in which the horse-loving human people also entrench themselves in the second film “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers” in the fight against Saruman’s orc army.
For the production the experienced anime director Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, “Ultraman”, “Blade Runner: Black Lotus”) could be won, the scripts are by Jeffrey Addiss and Will Matthews (The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance), the whole thing is produced by Joseph Chou and screenwriter Philippa Boyens, who won an Oscar for her work on the film trilogy of Peter Jackson. She says: “I’m absolutely amazed at the creative talent that has come together to bring this epic, exciting story to life. From the masterful Kenji Kamiyama to an absolutely outstanding cast.”
Who it is in the voice cast, but will be announced soon…
The live-action film rights to works based on the writings of J. R. R. Tolkien have just been returned from Warner to the original licensee, who now wants to sell them for at least two billion. Amazon’s series and animated film are not affected.