Peter Jackson Announces A Title Change For THE HOBBIT: THERE AND BACK AGAIN
There were some rumors earlier this week that the third entry in Peter Jackson‘s Hobbit trilogy would be getting a title change. The film had been announced as The Hobbit: There And Back Again, but that was when there were only going to be two films. Now that Jackson and company have expanded that to three films, There And Back Again doesn’t quite fit. The director took to his personal Facebook page earlier today to confirm the movie will indeed get a title change. The Hobbit: There And Back Again will now be called The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies. If you like the original name though, Jackson says it will still be used when the eventually three movie collection is released. The Battle Of The Five Armies will begin December 12th. You can read his post in full below. What do you think about the title change?
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!
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