After we’ve all gotten used to saying “There and Back Again” Peter Jackson has decided that the final film in his Hobbit trilogy deserves a name more befitting a film whose journey began nearly seven years ago. In a statement released on his Facebook page, Jackson states:
“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!”
And for anyone that’s read the books you know that The Battle of the Five Armies is going to be an emotional ride. Jackson goes on to say that, as Tolkien intended, “There and back again” refers to Bilbo’s journey to the Lonely Mountain, (which is already covered in the second film, “Desolation of Smaug”), and his return to Hobbiton. He adds to not be surprised if the title is used for a future box-set release of all three films!
Sir Peter has been hard at work not only completing “The Hobbit; The Battle of the Five Armies” but also editing the eagerly anticipated extended version of “Desolation of Smaug” with over 25 mins of new scenes, all scored with original music composed by Howard Shore.
It’s going to be an amazing and emotional year for Peter Jackson and Tolkien fans alike as we see a nearly two decade filmmaking journey come to an end with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. No matter what the title of this final film is called…I’ve got my Hobbit feet on and ready to run to the nearest box-office for my ticket…I can’t wait!