Andy Serkis To Direct Next Lord of the Rings Movie, First Details Revealed

Gollum is returning to the big screen!

Andy Serkis is set to direct and star in the next installment of the Lord of the Rings saga.

Warner Bros. Motion Picture Group’s executives Michael De Luca and Pam Abdy have announced the latest additions the world of Middle-earth. Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, and Philippa Boyens, the Oscar-winning trio behind the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, are set to produce two new films for Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema. The first film, which has the working title Lord of the Rings: The Hunt for Gollum, will arrive in theaters in 2026.

Andy Serkis, known for his groundbreaking portrayal of Gollum as well as his directorial work in films like 2021’s Venom: Let There Be Carnage and 2018’s Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle, will direct and star in the upcoming The Hunt for Gollum. The screenplay will be penned by Walsh and Boyens, alongside Phoebe Gittins and Arty Papageorgiou, who previously worked on Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim. Ken Kamins will serve as the executive producer, with The Imaginarium’s Jonathan Cavendish also producing.

What to expect from Lord of the Rings: The Hunt for Gollum

De Luca and Abdy expressed their enthusiasm for the project, noting the lasting impact of the original film trilogy and the dedication shown by Jackson, Walsh, and Boyens to preserving Tolkien’s legacy. They stated, “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. We are honored they have agreed to be our partners on these two new films. With Andy coming aboard to direct Lord of the Rings: The Hunt for Gollum (*WT), 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 shared their excitement about revisiting Middle-earth and collaborating once again with Serkis, highlighting their personal connection to the story and its characters. “It is an honour 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 lifelong 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!”

Serkis also commented on his return to Middle-earth, reflecting his enthusiasm for the project and his collaborators. He said, “Yesssss, Precious. 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…”

Directed by Peter Jackson, The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies have been monumental successes in the realm of fantasy cinema, collectively grossing nearly $6 billion worldwide. Jackson’s adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s cherished novels not only captivated audiences globally but also achieved significant critical acclaim. Notably, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King swept the Oscars by winning all 11 categories it was nominated for, including Best Picture.

Stay tuned for the latest news regarding the future of the Lord of the Rings franchise!

Rick Lemoine

Rick Lemoine

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