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New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. Animation have confirmed that a brand-new The Lord Of The Rings prequel movie is coming in 2024.
The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim was actually first announced last year, but thanks to a new report from Variety we now know that the feature-length anime movie is set to release April 12, 2014. We're in for a bit of a wait, then.
Fortunately, Variety also has an exclusive first look at some concept art from the movie, just so you've an idea of what they're going for. Spoiler: it looks like The Lord Of The Rings.
"Twenty years after delivering the award-winning The Lord of the Rings trilogy, based on the iconic books by J.R.R. Tolkien, New Line Cinema has partnered with Warner Bros. Animation to produce an original anime feature directed by acclaimed filmmaker Kenji Kamiyama that will plunge fans into a legendary battle that helped shape Middle-earth and set the stage for the epic adventures brought to life in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy," the companies announced in a press release last year.
The War of Rohirrim is a prequel that takes place in the same universe as the Jackson films, and will focus on the King Of Rohan as battles Helm Hammerhand.
"All of us at New Line feel a deep affinity for the extraordinary world J.R.R. Tolkien created, so the opportunity to dive back into Middle-earth with the team at Warner Bros. Animation is a dream come true," said Carolyn Blackwood, the chief operating officer of Warner Bros. Pictures said. "Fans know Helm's Deep as the stage for one of the greatest battles ever put to film and, with many of the same creative visionaries involved and the brilliant Kenji Kamiyama at the helm, we couldn't be more excited to deliver a fresh vision of its history that will invite global audiences to experience the rich, complex saga of Middle-earth in a thrilling new way,"
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