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Kenji Kamiyama to Direct The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim Feature Film

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Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex director to direct prequel to The Lord of the Rings

Warner Bros. Animation and New Line Cinema announced on Thursday that Kenji Kamiyama (Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex, Blade Runner: Black Lotus, Eden of the East) will direct the feature film The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim, set in the world of J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-Earth.

The film is produced by New Line Cinema in partnership with Warner Bros. Animation. Sola Entertainment will handle the animation studios for the film, and Warner Bros. Pictures will distribute the film.

The film is described as an original anime feature, depicting "a legendary battle that helped shape Middle-earth and set the stage" for Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. It "explores and expands the untold story behind the fortress of Helm's Deep, delving into the life and bloodsoaked times of one of Middle-earth's most legendary figures; the mighty King of Rohan - Helm Hammerhand."

Joseph Chou (Blade Runner: Black Lotus TV series) is producing, and Jeffrey Addiss and Will Matthews (The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance) are writing the screenplay. The Oscar-winner Philippa Boyens, who was part of the screenwriting team on the live-action The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogies, is a consultant on the project.

Update: Sola Entertainment's role updated. Thanks, CanipaShow.

Source: Empire (James White)


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