The battle for Middle-earth in film and television begins with Warner Bros. starting to develop with New Line Cinema cuttings of ‘The Lord of the Rings’ before Amazon launches its series. The company has announced that it has given the green light to ‘The War of the Rohirrim’, an animated prequel to the Peter Jackson films.
Described as an anime (a term that should always be taken with a grain of salt in this type of production), it will be Kenji Kamiyama the one in charge of bringing the saga of the ninth to the screen King of Rohan, Helm Hammer Hand and the last bastion of Cuernavilla, besieged by the Dunledine army controlled by Wulf during its conquest.
The events, described by JRR Tolkien in ‘The Two Towers’, happened some 260 years before the War of the Ring in the movies. The script is provided by Jeffrey Addiss and Will Matthews And, in a way, the movie will be cohesive with the six Peter Jackson movies.
‘Lord of the Rings: The War of Rohirrim’ is a knock on the table by Warner, who does not want to let the gold mine escape entirely which is Middle Earth now that Amazon is building the ambitious series. Fortunately for all of us there are stories to be boring that have not been brought to the screen and the eras they are going to handle are far enough apart to explore at ease without getting into each other’s terrain.