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Warner Bros. Announces New "Lord of the Rings" Movie Directed by Andy Serkis

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Andy Serkis Returns to Middle-earth: "The Hunt for Gollum" Slated for 2026 Release

Warner Bros. has unveiled exciting plans for a new addition to the "Lord of the Rings" film series, set to premiere in 2026. The upcoming movie, titled "Lord of the Rings: The Hunt for Gollum," will see Andy Serkis not only direct but also reprise his role as the elusive Gollum, a character that has become synonymous with his career.

The film, heralded as a fresh venture into J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth, marks a significant return to the beloved world following the enormous success of the previous films, which collectively grossed nearly $6 billion. "The Hunt for Gollum" is described as the first of two new feature films involving the original "Lord of the Rings" trilogy team of Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, and Philippa Boyens, who expressed their excitement about collaborating once again with Serkis and Warner Bros.

In a statement, Jackson, Walsh, and Boyens shared their enthusiasm: "It is an honor and a privilege to travel back to Middle-earth with our good friend and collaborator, Andy Serkis, who has unfinished business with that Stinker – Gollum! We are proud to be part of this epic adventure, alongside a team that's passionate about expanding the rich mythology of Tolkien's works."

The announcement comes amidst a renewed interest in Tolkien's universe, with Amazon's "The Rings of Power" TV series also making waves and the planned release of the animated film "The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim" in 2024. Additionally, the franchise is expanding into the gaming industry with several new titles under development, including a massively multiplayer online game and a life simulator called "Tales of the Shire."

"The Hunt for Gollum" promises to explore new storylines within the expansive lore of Middle-earth, offering both longtime fans and newcomers an opportunity to experience its magic once more. With its slated release in 2026, anticipation is already building for what is sure to be another epic chapter in the "Lord of the Rings" saga.

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