The Lord of the Rings anime film finally has a release date for theaters. To celebrate, Warner Bros. also released a new bit of concept art to dig into.
The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim will be released in theaters on April 12, 2024. Anime director Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex) will direct the film with Academy Award winner Philippa Boyens — who wrote the screenplays for the Peter Jackson Lord of the Rings trilogy — serving as executive producer.
War of the Rohirrim will take place two centuries before the events of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings and will follow King of Rohan Helm Hammerhand and the creation of Helm’s Deep. The fortress was seen in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers as a bastion against Sauron’s forces.
You can check out the first concept art for the animated film below.
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The anime film was announced in 2021 and will serve as a companion piece to Peter Jackson’s trilogy. The art style seen above is reminiscent of the visual tone set by the movies and the involvement of Jackson’s colleagues is another connective thread.
“The ‘Lord of the Rings’ films took Tolkein’s masterwork to new cinematic heights and inspired a generation,” says Warner Bros. Pictures Group chairman Toby Emmerich. “It’s a gift to be able to revisit Middle-earth with many of the same creative visionaries and the talented Kenji Kamiyama at the helm.”
War of the Rohirrim isn’t the only Lord of the Rings project in the works. Amazon is readying their live-action series Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power, having recently premiered the first teaser trailer.
The future of Middle-earth is also possibly set to be busier than ever as the movie and game rights for Tolkein’s fantasy world are expected to go up for sale, with a projected price tag of $2 billion.