Last week, TheOneRing.net reported that the third “Hobbit” film, subtitled “There and Back Again,” was about to get a name change. According to the site’s source, the final chapter of Bilbo’s adventure would be called “Into the Fire.”
I weighed the pros and cons of a possible change and argued that a previously rumored title, “The Battle of Five Armies,” was actually more fitting and more — well — badass. And while I can’t confirm that Peter Jackson reads MTV.com, his latest Facebook post at least suggests we think alike.
That’s because the final film in the director’s prequel trilogy will be called “The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies.”
PJ gave a pretty logical explanation for the change on his Facebook. Basically, calling one third of the story “There and Back Again” doesn’t make sense when you consider that’s how Tolkien referred to the entire story of Bilbo’s journey to the Lonely Mountain and back.
“When we did the premiere trip late last year, I had a quiet conversation with the studio about the idea of revisiting the title,” Jackson wrote. “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.”
As the new title would suggest, the beyond-epic Battle of Five Armies pitting the good dwarves, humans and elves against orcs and wargs will take up the majority of the last movie. When I spoke with Luke Evans, who plays Bard, he suggested that Jackson was looking to top even what he did on “The Lord of the Rings.”
“Peter wanted to do something bigger, better, even crazier than what he did in ‘The Lord of the Rings.’ That’s a feat in and of itself,” he said. “We all know what the battles were like in ‘The Lord of the Rings.’ They’re going to be treated to something spectacular, I’m sure.”
“The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies” opens in theaters on December 17.