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‘Lord Of The Rings: The Hunt For Gollum’: Andy Serkis To Direct & Star In New Film Coming 2026

The movie is set to release in 2026.

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Warner Bros. Plans to release the movie of the The Lord of the Rings” series in 2026 focusing on Gollum played by Andy Serkis.

In an earnings call Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav mentioned that Peter Jackson along, with Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, the filmmakers behind the trilogy will produce and oversee the new film.

Currently the project is in its stages with writers Walsh and Boyens well as Phoebe Gittins and Arty Papageorgiou working on the script. The movie will “explore storylines yet to be told,” Zaslav said.

The announced film by Warner Bros. titled “Lord of the Rings; The Hunt for Gollum ” will be directed by Serkis in his role as Gollum. Ken Kamins will serve as producer alongside Serkis and Jonathan Cavendish from The Imaginarium.

Back, in February 2023 Warner Bros. Revealed that studio heads Mike De Luca and Pam Abdy had secured a deal to bring J.R.R. Tolkiens books to life through films.
The upcoming projects will fall under the WB brand New Line Cinema with Freemode, a division of Embracer Group acquiring the rights to adapt works, like “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” from Middle earth Enterprises.

“For over two decades, moviegoers have embraced the ‘Lord of the Rings’ film trilogy because of the undeniable devotion Peter, Fran and Philippa have shown towards protecting the legacy of Tolkien’s works, and to ensure audiences could experience the incredible world he created in a way that honors his literary vision,” De Luca and Abdy said in a statement Thursday. “We are honored they have agreed be our partners on these two new films. With Andy coming aboard to direct ‘Lord of the Rings: The Hunt for Gollum,’ we continue an important commitment to excellence that is a true hallmark of how we all want to venture ahead and further contribute to the ‘Lord of the Rings’ cinematic history.”

Jackson, Walsh and Boyens added “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! As life long fans of Professor Tolkien’s vast mythology, we are proud to be working with Mike De Luca, Pam Abdy and the entire team at Warner Bros. on another epic adventure!”

“Yesssss, Precious,” Serkis said. “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. With Mike and Pam, and the Warner Bros team on the quest as well, alongside WETA and our filmmaking family in New Zealand, it’s just all too delicious…”   

Peter Jacksons initial trilogy inspired by “Lord of the Rings” raked in $3 billion worldwide while his subsequent trilogy based on “The Hobbit” also enjoyed financial triumph.

The first “LOTR” series directed by Peter Jackson featured actors like Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Sean Astin and Cate Blanchett. This trio of films collectively received 30 Academy Award nominations. Secured 17 wins, including the Best Picture award for “The Lord of the Rings; The Return of the King”, in 2003.