Last week, we reported to you that the third film in Peter Jackson’s increasingly overlong and bloated three-film adaptation of The Hobbit would likely be changing its then-current title, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, to something else.
At the time, it was rumored that the new title would be The Hobbit: Into the Fire. Sure, it was kind of generic, and also seemed like a desperate ploy to hook moviegoers who had rightfully pegged The Hobbit trilogy as one two-hour film stretched into an unnecessary nine-hour trilogy into seeing the film. And now it appears that the film has been given a new title, but it’s far clunkier than Into the Fire.
The Hobbit: There and Back Again will now be known as The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, and is set for a December 17, 2014 release date. The subtitle There and Back Again will likely be used as the title for a box set release for all three films. Check out Jackson’s reasoning below:
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!
What do you think of The Hobbit news?