New ‘The Lord of the Rings’ Movie, ‘The Hunt for Gollum,’ Confirmed with Andy Serkis Returning Both as Actor and Director

New 'The Lord of the Rings' Movie, 'The Hunt for Gollum,' Confirmed with Andy Serkis Returning Both as Actor and Director

Remember when, recently, we reported about the revival of The Lord of the Rings cinematic franchise at Warner Bros.? When Michael De Luca and Pam Abdy became new leaders at Warner Bros., they presented their very ambitious plans to the public and one of these plans seems to involve the revitalization of The Lord of the Rings movie franchise, and the pair have even traveled to New Zealand to discuss Jackson’s return to the franchise! We can now confirm that Peter Jackson is indeed coming back to The Lord of the Rings franchise, but as a producer, a new movie has been confirmed for a 2026 release!

The three-year period from 2001 to 2003 has given us three films that are today considered to be among the most memorable works of modern cinematography. Peter Jackson was the bold director who had enough courage to adapt J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings, and the trilogy became a massive hit. This further led to a three-movie adaptation of The Hobbit, which also became a standalone prequel franchise, as well as other adaptations. Now, it seems that we are going to go back to the cinematic universe that made it all possible.

The news of a new movie has just been confirmed today, and we know that the movie is going to be titled The Hunt for Gollum. It is not known when in the timeline the movie is going to be set, but if we go back to the 2009 fan movie of the same name, which was based on Tolkien’s appendices to the books, we can assume that the movie is going to be set during the timeline of The Fellowship of the Ring, but this has yet to be confirmed.

As for the cast and crew, we know, as we’ve said, that Jackson is returning to produce the movie, but he won’t be directing it. Andy Serkis, who portrayed Gollum in the movies, will be directing the movie, and he will also be returning as the titular character, a role that made Serkis famous. This is certainly to make the fans happy, as Serkis is one of the franchise’s most beloved characters. We don’t know if other characters from the original trilogy will return, but there is a possibility that we will be seeing some members of the original cast.

The movie is currently set for a 2026 release, and that is all that we know at this point. But this is certainly exciting, and we are sure that more information will be revealed in the upcoming months, so don’t forget to follow us for all the updates!

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