Famed Anime Director Kenji Kamiyama to helm Lord of the Rings Prequel Film

J.R.R. Tolkien’s world is coming back to the Big Screen in a brand new way, this time as an Anime Prequel Film. It has been 41 years since there was an animated film based on Lord of the Rings, it was Rankin/Bass and TopCraft’s Return of the King from 1980. Today, WarnerMedia and New Line will be teaming up for Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim, this film takes place around 250 years before the trilogy films and will be during the third age, focusing on King of Rohan, Helm Hammerhand, and the legendary battle that shaped Middle-Earth heading into LoTR, the untold story of Helm’s Deep. Also, a note that Amazon’s new Lord of the Ring’s new mini-series, focusing on the Second Age.

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Handling something monumental as Lord of the Rings, you’ll need someone who could do the job, and WarnerMedia and New Line Cinema found the right person for the job! Famed Anime Director Kenji Kamiyama, best known for his work on Eden of the East, Cyborg 009, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Blood: The Last Vampire, and finally, Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade, while Warner Bros. Animation is partnering with New Line Cinema for this project, Sola Entertainment handling the Animation production. Handling the script will be Jeffrey Addiss and Will Matthews, Joseph Chou and Jason DeMarco will be producing. Carolyn Blackwood, Chief Operating Officer, Warner Bros. Pictures Group, and Richard Brener, President, and Chief Creative Officer, New Line Cinema spoke to Deadline about the new film, you can read it here. Oscar-winning Lord of the Rings: Return of the King scribe Philippa Boyens will be a consultant on the new film.

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