Originally, Peter Jackson‘s Hobbit trilogy was only going to be a two-parter, with the second part titled The Hobbit: There and Back Again. But then Jackson thought that it would be a good idea to split a 300 page book into over 8 hours of film, with The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and The Hobbit: There and Back Again.
Well, it looks like that third title didn’t really make much sense after the second film came out and stole a lot from that title, which meant that Jackson started to have some silent discussions with the studio regarding the title and how he’d like to change it.
Now, it looks like The Hobbit 3 is officially The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. This doesn’t strike any as a surprise, since most thought that is what the third film would center around, but now it’s official and we have that to look forward to.
I personally think that the new name is a mouth full, but this is also coming from someone that has been far from impressed with this new trilogy so far.
The official statement 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!