The cut of the final film in The Hobbit Trilogy is ready and with it, celebrated director and producer Peter Jackson has revealed the name of the concluding movie.
Peter has decided to change the name of the third Hobbit movie set to release in December 2014, after completing the filming.
Sharing this “inside information” on his Facebook page, Peter says, “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.”
In other words, the earlier title “There and Back Again” seemed incorrect as the crew progressed through the shooting of the third movie.
Explains Peter: “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”
The first two of the trilogy based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s bestseller, were called “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” (released December 2012) and “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” (released December 2013)”
The decision to change the name was taken as early as at the time of the premier of the second movie in December last year.
“When we did the premiere trip late last year, I had a quiet conversation with the studio about the idea of revisiting the title,” says Peter.
But he wasn’t sure what the name should be. “We decided to keep an open mind until a cut of the film was ready to look at.”
They reached that point last week, and after viewing the movie, they agreed on one title that “feels completely appropriate”.
The new name of the third movie is “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies”.
However, There and Back Again hasn’t been completely trashed yet.
“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.”
While the final cut is ready, there’s work to be done on the post-production which is mostly studio-based work.
“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.”
Along with the third movie, Peter also intends to further milk the second movie by releasing The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Extended Cut. The Extended Cut will have 25 minutes of new scenes, all scored with original music composed by Howard Shore.