A Lord of the Rings anime movie is headed to theaters

New Line Cinema and Warner Brothers Animation are engaged on a brand new Lord of the Rings movie that’s sure for theaters, with an anime twist (via Variety). The movie can be known as The Lord of the Rings: The Struggle of the Rohirrim, and it’ll cowl the historical past behind the fortress at Helm’s Deep — whose battle is one of the most enjoyable elements of the complete unique trilogy with its exploding partitions, defend browsing, and unimaginable horse stunts.

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Kenji Kamiyama can be directing the movie, and it’ll be fascinating to see how effectively his type maps to a medieval fantasy setting — he’s principally tackled futuristic sci-fi initiatives earlier than, together with Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Advanced, 009 Re: Cyborg, and Netflix’s Ultraman. The movie is being written by the creators of The Darkish Crystal: Age of Resistance, and whereas Peter Jackson isn’t straight concerned, one of the writers for the unique trilogy (and the Hobbit motion pictures) is appearing as a guide.

Whereas the names behind the movie are fascinating, it doesn’t look like Warner Brothers or New Line are going deep into the Tolkien effectively for story concepts — the occasions Rohirrim can be depicting are just a few hundred years earlier than the battle depicted in The Two Towers. Examine that with, say, Amazon’s Lord of the Rings show, which is set in the Second Age, means earlier than the Struggle of the Ring — the characters in the anime movie could also be unfamiliar to most viewers, however the world will probably be fairly related to what we’ve already seen. After all, there’s nonetheless room for this mission to be fascinating, however maybe it could’ve been extra thrilling if we had been getting a narrative about one thing like the Silmarils or the fall of the Númenor.

To date, we don’t know particulars like when the movie can be launched or who can be staring in it.

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