It feels like 2002 all over again – because this year is full of Lord of the Rings-themed news.
Only a few days after Amazon Prime Video gave a glimpse into what the upcoming spin-off show, The Rings of Power, will look like when it airs, the release date of the franchise’s new animated movie has also been revealed.
The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim will be hitting cinemas on April 12, 2024.
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The anime is being developed by New Line Cinema and Warner Bros Animation and will explore the as-yet-untold story of the Helm’s Deep fortress, following the life of the legendary King of Rohan, Helm Hammerhand.
More than 20 years after the end of the original trilogy, it appears that studios are revisiting J R R Tolkien’s series hellbent on exploring every nook and cranny of the world and each mysterious figure and whispered legend found between the pages of the books.
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This newest cinematic addition will be directed by Kenji Kamiyama and Oscar winner Philippa Boyens, who was part of the original screenwriting team of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, will be executive producing alongside producer Joseph Chou.
Also returning for the project will be The Lord of the Rings alums from its creative team, Oscar winner Richard Taylor and Tolkien illustrator John Howe.
The screenplay will be based on a script by Jeffrey Addiss and Will Matthews and will be set around 250 years before the events of the original movie, which is dubbed as the third age, while the new show is set to take place during the second age.
Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power will air on Amazon Prime Video from September 2, 2022. The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim will hit cinemas on April 12, 2024.
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