Movie ‘Lord of the Rings’ animated film is in the works

LONDON (REUTERS): The Warner Bros. movie studio will produce an anime feature movie set in the world of J.R.R. Tolkien’s popular “The Lord of the Rings” books.

“The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim” will tell the story of a legendary battle that shaped Middle-Earth in the years leading up to events in the 2001 film “The Lord of the Rings,” a statement from the studio said. The new movie will explore the fortress of Helm’s Deep and feature the King of Rohan, Helm Hammerhand.

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Anime filmmaker Kenji Kamiyama will direct the film. No release date was set. Warner Bros. distributed “The Lord of the Rings” live-action film trilogy starting in 2001 and “The Hobbit” trio of movies starting in 2012.

The six films have grossed nearly $6 billion at box offices worldwide. Warner Bros. is currently owned by AT&T Inc (T.N) but is in the process of merging with Discovery Inc (DISCA.O). Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) is working on a “Lord of the Rings” television series, which is currently being filmed in New Zealand.