WETA Digital Animation Supervisor Says Smaug Is A ‘Killing Machine’ In THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES


hobbitWith the final installment of Peter Jackson‘s Hobbit trilogy gearing up for its December 17th release, we’re going to start hearing a lot more about the recently retitled film in the coming months. While the third film was originally called The Hobbit: There And Back Again, Jackson thought that name didn’t quite work as well after he decided to expand what he had already filmed into a third movie. It was recently announced that the new subtitled would be The Battle Of The Five Armies. Now that the name has been settled on, the folks responsible for the big battle can start teasing us about what’s in store. Weta Digital‘s animation supervisor recently spoke to IGN about the big, bad dragon that will be unleashed.

Dave Clayton opened up about the final film in a video interview with IGN released today. When asked about the film’s opening, which carries over immediately from the cliffhanger ending of The Desolation of Smaug, Clayton said, “I think in Desolation of Smaug it was more about his personality, his paranoia, his interactions with Thorin and Bilbo and everything, this time around he’s just going to be a killing machine. He’s just going to be destroying Laketown. That’s not a spoiler because anyone that has read the book knows how that’s all going to go down. So we’re going to see some really cool stuff of him just destroying the place. It’s going to be a really exciting opening sequence.” The animation supervisor went on to tease the huge battle the film is named after as well. You can see that part in the video below.

The official Hobbit Twitter account shared the title card for the freshly renamed film you see above as the article’s banner just a few days ago. It seems that The Hobbit floodgates are starting to open. What do you think about the new title? Are you excited to finally see some actual action in the third and final film?

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