An anime movie adaptation based on the popular classic literature, Lord of the Rings, is said to be in development. Word came from an announcement from both original Rings trilogy producer and an established animation studio, on Thursday.
Bringing joy to both lovers of anime and book alike, the feature film comes as a joint project between Warner Bros. Animation and New Line Cinema. It will be directed by veteran Japanese filmmaker Kenji Kamiyama, who is known for producing Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex. His other notable works also comprise of Ghost in the Shell spinoffs and the still-in-development Blade Runner: Black Lotus anime.
The Other Creatives
Acting as producer to the developing movie is previous Kamiyama colleague Joseph Chou. Both creatives have had former transactions which resulted in some of the most notable anime movies in the market. Specifically, Appleseed, Ghost in the Shell, Knights of the Zodiac: Saint Seiya, and Ultraman.
Philippa Boyens, one of the creative persons behind the seminal titles’ script, is commissioned to consult the film. But primary scriptwriting will be done by Will Matthews and Jeffrey Addiss. The very same persons behind the award-winning The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance series.
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As for the feature film itself, it will be called The War of the Rohirrim and will revolve around the historic events in the Helm’s Deep. Particularly, involving the life of the ninth king of Rohan, Helm Hammerhand, and his timeline’s tumultuous relationship with the Dunlendings. The fortress itself is important for playing the subsequent landmark location to the goings on within the The Two Towers.
While said to be an independent tale on its own, WB Animation claims that the anime will be complementary to the existing movie trilogy. More specifically, the film will share narrative and aesthetic elements from the original films.
With the intent of releasing on the big screen, press release statements suggest that the LOTR anime film is currently in expedition mode development. It is under the capable hands of Sola Entertainment whose prolific works include high-quality 2D animations, and in-game and movie CGIs.
Top Brass Speaks
Quoting President of Warner Bros. Animation, Sam Register, he claims:
“This will be yet another epic portrayal of J.R.R. Tolkien’s world that has never been told before. We’re honored to partner with much of the incredible talent behind both film trilogies, along with new creative luminaries to tell this story”.
“And so it begins”.
The War of the Rohirrim is not the only project based on LOTR that’s in production, however. Amazon, after securing the screen rights to the Rings franchise, is also coming up with a big-budget TV series.
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