Originally titled “There and Back Again”, the title of Bilbo’s book, there has been much speculation that the third Hobbit film would be getting a new title. Two weeks ago, New Line Cinema registered the title The Hobbit: Into the Fire, and everyone believed that there was indeed a title change and that was it. Turns out we were all both right and wrong. On Facebook today, director Peter Jackson revealed that they were indeed changing the title, but they were changing it to “The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies”. Personally, I am very happy with the name change, as I believe it is a great title and very enticing. Jackson’s full explanation was,
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!”
Jackson’s explanation makes a lot of sense, and the notion that I might get a complete trilogy box set title “There and Back Again” really excites me. Peter Jackson is known for making tremedous large scale battle scenes like he did in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, and the Battle of the Five Armies will be the penultimate scene in the third film, pitting a combined army of Dwarves, Elves, Men of Dale, and the Eagles against a massive Goblin army. Excited yet? You should be! The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies will hit theaters December 17 in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D.