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Nearly a decade after his massively successful Lord of the Rings trilogy in the early 2000’s, director Peter Jackson decided to bring another one of author J. R. R. Tolkien’s stories to the big screen; The Hobbit. Originally slated to be split into two films, Jackson decided that it would be all the more beneficial to round out the story as another trilogy, writing in new material to help make it happen.
In 2012, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey arrived, causing a mixed reaction from fans and critics. Regardless, it reached the $1 billion mark worldwide, proving that despite a slightly negative reaction from the audience, there was indeed an audience. In 2013, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug hit theaters as “Part II”, which received slightly better critical acclaim, while making slightly less at the box office ($952.8 million).
December 2014 is set to see the third and final act of the trilogy, which up until just recently was set on a working title The Hobbit: There and Back Again; a subtitle that comes straight from the title of Tolkien’s 1937 novel. However, rumors have circulated that the last movie could potentially find itself a different subtitle.
According to fan site The One Ring, a “reliable source” has reported that New Line may be settling on The Hobbit: Into the Fire as an alternative to There and Back Again. The change still pays homage to the novel, as Into the Fire is the title of one of the book’s chapters, though There and Back Again seems like it would make more sense as the title to the big finale.
What do you think? Is There and Back Again or Into the Fire a better title?
Part Three of ‘The Hobbit’ trilogy is set for release on December 17th, directed by Peter Jackson and starring Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Benedict Cumberbatch, Cate Blanchett, Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly, Hugo Weaving and Lee Pace.
Written by Josh Sazin on 4/20/14, with a link to The One Ring.