Peter Jackson is giving the third installment in “The Hobbit” trilogy a new name.
The director’s final trip to Middle Earth was previously titled, “The Hobbit: There and Back Again,” but something with a little more edge has been selected.
“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,’” Peter wrote on Facebook on Thursday.
“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,” he continued. “And so: ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ it is.”
Adding, “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.
And for the Tolkien super fans out there, the director revealed that even more from last year’s “The Desolation of Smaug” will soon be available.
“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,” he wrote. “It’ll be a fun year!”
“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” is slated to open on December 17.