'Hobbit' filmmaker changes name of trilogy finale to 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies'

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The final film in Peter Jackson's Hobbit trilogy has been retitled The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

Jackson announced on Facebook Thursday, April 24, the change of third and final installment of the Hobbit films title.

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.

The movie was to have been released this year under the title, The Hobbit: There and Back Again.

The Oscar-winning director said the change had been made because the old title no longer felt right for a trilogy, having been conceived back when the film-makers planned a two-part adaptation of the 1937 fantasy fable.
Jackson said There and Back Again, which was Tolkien's own subtitle for The Hobbit, might re-emerge for a DVD box set at a future date. The Battle of Five Armies is a reference to the climactic battle at the end of The Hobbit in which dwarves, elves, men, goblins and giant eagles fight it out beneath the Lonely Mountain.

It is due for release on December 17, bringing to a climax the story started in 2012's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and last year's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

The director won three Oscars – best picture, best director and best adapted screenplay – for the 2003 film The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, the final part of that trilogy. - with report from The Guardian

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