Peter Jackson Announces New Subtitle of Last Hobbit Movie – ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’
Peter Jackson used Facebook to announce the official title of the third film in the Hobbit trilogy, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. You can read his reasons in the Facebook post below.
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!
Those of you old school table top army gamers will probably remember The Battle of Five Armies, it’s been represented in Table top and Roleplaying games a number of times.
What do you think of the new title? Jackson has a great track record in bringing us big Middle Earth battles like the one below:
I can’t wait to see The Battle of the Five armies brought to life on the big screen as well as Smaug’s attack on Laketown. Jackson really left us hanging there at the end of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies hits theater screens December 17th starring Evangeline Lilly, Benedict Cumberbatch, Luke Evans, Richard Armitage, Orlando Bloom, Martin Freeman, Lee Pace, Manu Bennett, Aidan Turner, Cate Blanchett, with Hugo Weaving and Ian McKellen.