Peter Jackson has revealed that his final “Hobbit” installment will no longer be named “The Hobbit: There and Back Again.”
While MTV News reported that the new title might include “Into the Fire,” the December release will now be titled “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.”
Jackson explained the decision on Facebook, stating that “There and Back Again” was chosen when the film was only two parts.
“But with three movies, it suddenly felt misplaced – after all, Bilbo has already arrived ‘there’ in the ‘Desolation of Smaug’… 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,” he wrote.
Tolkien’s novel was broken into two parts before it was decided that a third would be necessary, with the perhaps-untitled final run following “An Unexpected Journey” and “The Desolation of Smaug.”
The franchise stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Orlando Bloom and Cate Blanchett.
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