Yep, the final Hobbit movie is now The Battle of Five Armies, a title which I’m not entirely sold on. I know the battle played a big part in the book and is one of Middle-Earth’s great battles, but that’s not a story in and of itself. It’s an event, and it makes me feel as though the final film will be nothing more than a big battle.
Perhaps, I’m being too harsh here, but it’s not like they decided to call the second Lord of the Rings movie, “The Battle of Helm’s Deep”! Anyway, Peter Jackson’s Facebook page broke the announcement today, in which he also mentions the extended version of Desolation of Smaug and that more info on Battle of Five Armies (hopefully footage) will be hitting soon:
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!
What do you think of the title change?