The Warner Bros. movie division, which made the Oscar-winning LotR trilogy and The Hobbit series, has partnered with Warner Bros. Animation to produce an original anime movie set in Tolkien’s fantasy world, the companies announced Thursday.
Titled The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim, the stand-alone feature will be directed by Kenji Kamiyama, an anime veteran who last directed TV series Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, and produced by Joseph Chou. Peter Jackson is not involved, but has blessed its making, according to insiders.
The anime movie ties to the second installment of the trilogy, The Two Towers, by focusing on an untold story behind Helm’s Deep, the fortress at the center of the movie’s epic battle. The story will be set hundreds of years before that fateful war and, according to the announcement, tell of the life and bloodsoaked times of its founder, Helm Hammerhand, the king of Rohan.
Sources: The Hollywood Reporter tweet The Hollywood Reporter