OMG. The spinoffs of The Lord of the Rings are starting: New LIne and WB are collaborating on The Lord of the Rings: The Battle of the Rohirrim, an animted movie that can discover the grand deeds of Helm Hammerhead, one of many biggest kings of Rohan — and the person for whom Helm’s Deep was named.
I by no means thought I’d write that sentence. However with the Tolkien Property extra open to growth of the infinite, infinite IP that’s contained in J.R.R. Tolkiens appendices, notes, maps, and doodles…one of the vital beloved tales within the historical past of world literature goes to be in every single place, ultimately.
The movie might be directed by acclaimed director Kenji Kamiyama (Napping Princess, Blade Runner: Black Lotus), which means this might be an grownup cartoon and never a Rankin Bass Hobbit. Phillipa Boyens, who collaborated on the scripts of the now 20-year-old Peter Jackson trilogy, will conult, whereas Joseph Chou (“Blade Runner: Black Lotus” TV sequence) will produce, with Jeffrey Addiss and Will Matthews (“The Darkish Crystal: Age of Resistance”) penning the screenplay. It should tie into the established continuity and look of the Jackson movies.
A extra grownup animated model of Lord of the Rings was beforehand introduced in Ralph Bakshi’s by no means accomplished 1978 adaptation – which satirically, ended on the Battle of Helm’s Deep.
As well as, the Second Age of Center Earth – a interval as but uncovered by the Jackson trilogy of movies – is already the topic of a thriller shrouded $500 million sequence from Amazon.
And extra from the PR:
Although a standalone story, “The Lord of the Rings: The Battle of the Rohirrim” is being created as a companion piece to New Line’s “The Lord of the Rings” Trilogy, with story and creative components woven all through that can reconnect followers to the joy and cinematic marvel of Center-earth.
In a joint assertion, Carolyn Blackwood, Chief Working Officer, Warner Bros. Footage Group, and Richard Brener, President and Chief Artistic Officer, New Line Cinema, acknowledged: “All of us at New Line really feel a deep affinity for the extraordinary world J.R.R. Tolkien created, so the chance to dive again into Center-earth with the crew at Warner Bros. Animation is a dream come true. Followers know Helm’s Deep because the stage for one of many biggest battles ever put to movie and, with lots of the similar artistic visionaries concerned and the good Kenji Kamiyama on the helm, we couldn’t be extra excited to ship a recent imaginative and prescient of its historical past that can invite international audiences to expertise the wealthy, advanced saga of Center-earth in an exhilarating new approach.”
“This might be yet one more epic portrayal of J.R.R. Tolkien’s world that has by no means been instructed earlier than. We’re honored to accomplice with a lot of the unimaginable expertise behind each movie trilogies, together with new artistic luminaries to inform this story,” mentioned Sam Register, President of Warner Bros. Animation. “And so it begins.”
The challenge is being fast-tracked for the large display, with animation work at Sola Leisure and voice casting at present underway. The movie might be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Footage.
New Line Cinema’s “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” Trilogies are among the many most profitable and acclaimed movie franchises of all time. The six movies collectively symbolize probably the most awarded movie sequence in historical past with the best variety of Academy Awards and nominations together with eleven Oscars for “The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King,” tying the report for a single movie.
To not give away the ending, however – in typical Tolkien style – Helm was a proud and courageous king of Rohan who warred with the Dunlendings, the Corsairs of Umbar and a very nasty man named Freca. He ended up in an extended winter seige at Helm’s Deep (which was then recognized merely because the Hornburg) and —SPOILERS — was discovered frozen to loss of life standing and able to combat, giving rise to the legend that his spirit nonetheless defends the folks of Rohan.
I’m psyched for this! Are you? Possibly Prince Imrahil can lastly have a cameo!