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‘The Hobbit: There And Back Again’ Gets A New Title!


It was rumored earlier in the week that the third installment in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy- which had a working title of The Hobbit: There And Back Again- could be retitled as The Hobbit: Into the Fire.  Many questioned the possible title switch, as There And Back Again pays direct homage to the title of J. R. R. Tolkien’s famous 1937 novel.

Now, it seems that the threequel has a new title, though neither of the above names were chosen.  It has been announced that the conclusion of the trilogy will be titled The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.  


Want an official confirmation?  Read what writer/director Peter Jackson had to say about the title swap below:

Inside Information…

Our journey to make The Hobbit Trilogy has been in some ways like Bilbo’s own, with hidden paths revealing their secrets to us as we’ve gone along. “There and Back Again” felt like the right name for the second of a two film telling of the quest to reclaim Erebor, when Bilbo’s arrival there, and departure, were both contained within the second film. But with three movies, it suddenly felt misplaced—after all, Bilbo has already arrived “there” in the “Desolation of Smaug”.

When we did the premiere trip late last year, I had a quiet conversation with the studio about the idea of revisiting the title. We decided to keep an open mind until a cut of the film was ready to look at. We reached that point last week, and after viewing the movie, we all agreed there is now one title that feels completely appropriate.

And so: “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” it is.

As Professor Tolkien intended, “There and Back Again” encompasses Bilbo’s entire adventure, so don’t be surprised if you see it used on a future box-set of all three movies.

Before then however, we have a film to finish, and much to share with you. It’s been a nice quiet time for us—Jabez and I happily editing away in a dark cave in Wellington—but those halcyon days are quickly coming to an end. It will soon be time to step into the light. Expect to see and hear much about The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies in the coming months.

And there’s also The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Extended Cut, which we’re in the process of finishing, with over 25 mins of new scenes, all scored with original music composed by Howard Shore.

It’ll be a fun year!

The-Hobbit-The-Desolation-of-Smaug-PicsWhat do you think of Jackson’s statement?  Personally I feel like The Battle of the Five Armies is a bit of a mouthful, and odd for the climax of the trilogy, though I enjoyed the first two films and can’t wait to see what’s in store for the third.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is set to hit theaters on December 17th.

Written by Josh Sazin on 4/24/14


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