Hobbit filmmaker Peter Jackson changes name of trilogy finale

2014-04-25 09:58

Los Angeles -The final installment of the blockbuster Hobbit film trilogy has been given a new name, director Peter Jackson announced on Thursday.

The movie was to have been released this year under the title, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, but has been re-named The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, the New Zealand filmmaker said on his Facebook page.

It is due for release in America on 17 December, bringing to a climax the story started in 2012's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and last year's The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

"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," the Oscar-winning director said.

"'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.'"

Jackson said he broached the issue with studio giant Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer last year.

"We decided to keep an open mind until a cut of the film was ready to look at," he said.

"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."

There and Back Again was the subtitle of the classic epic fantasy book by JRR Tolkien, published in 1937. It was followed in the mid 1950s by the Lord of the Rings trilogy, which Jackson also made into a blockbuster franchise, before the Hobbit films.

Jackson came under fire from some quarters in 2012, when the first film The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was released, for breaking the relatively short book into a trilogy.

The director won three Oscars - best picture, best director and best adapted screenplay - for the 2003 film The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, the final part of that trilogy.

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  • Desiree Rowe - 2014-04-25 11:00

    I read the book and loved it. I am horrified that they split it into three movies. If the writer had intended to split the story to split over 3 books he would have written it that way. Bu no everyone seems to have a love affair with trilogies. By the way this film should be watched before the Lord of the Rings not after. I never did understand why people insists on reading or watching it back to front. When you need the begining to understand the end.

  • Jurgen Eksteen - 2014-04-25 13:29

    I don't read the book, because it will spoil the movies for me. :)

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