May 18th, 2024

‘Lord of the Rings: The Hunt for Gollum’ in development with Andy Serkis to direct and star

By Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press on May 9, 2024.

FILE - Andy Serkis appears at the BAFTA Nominees Party in London, Saturday, Feb. 17, 2024. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP, File)

Andy Serkis is going back to Middle-earth to play Gollum in two new “Lord of the Rings” films.

Warner Bros. Motion Picture Group’s Michael De Luca and Pam Abdy said Thursday that Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, the Oscar-winning team behind the “Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” trilogies, will produce and Serkis will direct.

“Yesssss, Precious,” Serkis said in a statement. “The time has come once more to venture into the unknown with my dear friends, the extraordinary and incomparable guardians of Middle Earth Peter, Fran and Philippa”¦It’s just too delicious.”

The working title is “Lord of the Rings: The Hunt for Gollum” and Walsh and Boyens are co-writing the screenplay. The collaboration between Warner Bros. and New Line Cinema is expected to be released in 2026.

The “Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” films have made nearly $6 billion combined at the box office. “The Return of the King” won a record 11 Oscars, including best director and best picture, tying “Titanic” and “Ben-Hur” for most won.

De Luca and Abdy said in a statement that this team represents their commitment to excellence in further contributing to the cinematic history of the “Lord of the Rings.”

Jackson, Walsh and Boyens, who consider themselves lifetime scholars of J.R.R. Tolkien’s worlds, added that they were looking forward to traveling back to Middle-earth with Serkis, “who has unfinished business with that Stinker – Gollum!”

The studio also has the animated fantasy “The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim” arriving in theaters in December.

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