You heard that right little hobbits, Peter Jackson, director of ‘THE HOBBIT’ movie franchise took over his Facebook account this Thursday morning to announce that the third and final movie of ‘The Hobbit’ had a new name.
‘THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES’
Originally named ‘The Hobbit: There and Back Again’, Jackson wrote that the new name will be ‘The Battle of The Five Armies’. In ‘The Hobbit’ franchise, the now titular battle refers to the epic showdown in which many previosly introduced characters and creatures, including goblins, dwarves, elves and men, emerge to go up agains each other.
While only two ‘Hobbit’ films were originally planned, a third was added after Mr.Jackson borrowed characters from ‘The Lord of the Rings’ (ejem… Legolas…) franchise and added some original story.
Here’s what Peter Jackson wrote:
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!”
The Hobbit: The Battle of The Five Armies will be released later this year. I personally can’t wait to hear Smaug’s sexy voice (Benedict Cumberbatch everyone!).
If you have read the book, which is the scene you are more excited about?? Let us know in the comments !