CINEMA – Co-produced by Warner and New Line Cinema, The War of the Rohirrim will tell the story of the lords of the horses to whom Gandalf and his friends owe a debt of gratitude.
The horsemen of King Théoden get back in the saddle. Not content with being the subject of a series produced by Amazon, the fantastic universe imagined by JRR Tolkien will reappear on the big screen with an animated film. Jointly produced by New Line Cinema as well as Warner Bros. Animation, The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim (“The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim”) will take place approximately 250 years before the Peter Jackson trilogy released in 2001-2003.
The feature film will focus on the kingdom of Rohan, the horsemen of the neighboring steppes of Gondor who had been introduced in Peter Jackson’s second film, The Two Towers. The project “Will immerse fans in a legendary battle that helped shape Middle-earth and set the stage for the epic adventures featured in the trilogy”, the Warner group announced Thursday. The story, with still nebulous outlines, will focus on the historical character of Helm Mainmarteau, the king who built the imposing fortress which kept his name and which served as the setting for the great final battle of the Two towers. Judging from the style of the logo, the spirit of the project should be quite similar to that of the films, a desire confirmed by Warner.
Japanese animation in tune with the times
An unexpected choice, to say the least, The War of the Rohirrim will be a cartoon and even an anime directed by Kenji Kamiyama, to whom we owe the series Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex in the 2000s and, more recently, the series Ultraman released in 2019 on Netflix. The seemingly adventurous decision was perhaps encouraged by the extraordinary indoor success of Demon Slayer: Infinity Train , which broke all records in Japan and is doing just as well in the United States as well as in Europe. Jeffrey Addiss and Will Matthews, the creators of Dark Crystal: Time of Resistance, are credited with the screenplay, supported by Philippa Boyens who won an Oscar for her work on The king’s return, and who will be a consultant on this new cinematographic cavalcade.
Production has already started in the Sola animation studios, under the supervision of Joseph Chou (Blade Runner: Black Lotus, also directed by Kenji Kamiyama), with an ongoing casting for voice actors. If no release date has yet been put forward, there is no doubt that the development of the film is advancing at a gallop, probably with the idea of sailing on the next release of the series produced by Amazon. Delayed due to the Covid-19 epidemic, this project on Tolkien’s universe remains shrouded in the greatest secrecy. Announced four years ago, this big-show series is reportedly still being filmed, with no known release date. Like the evil Nazgûls, the projects of Middle-earth all seem shrouded in mystery and discretion.