The third installment of the Hobbit “trilogy”, The Hobbit 3, or, my personal favorite, the “WHY Are There Three of These Again?” was assumed to be entitled: The Hobbit: There and Back Again, for some time now, but assume no more!
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.
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.
Before then however, we have a film to finish, and much to share with you. 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. Expect to see and hear much about The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies in the coming months.
And there’s also The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Extended Cut, which we’re in the process of finishing, with over 25 mins of new scenes, all scored with original music composed by Howard Shore.
It’ll be a fun year!
Being a fan of Jackson’s Lord of the Rings film adaptation is as ubiquitous as hating Nickelback–you’re not that unique, trust me.
I’m also a fan of Tolkien’s The Hobbit text, like many an eighth grader, and was very excited for these films, but The Hobbit: The Battle an Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug were rather grave disappointments–particularly from a visual standpoint. And a ZZzZzZZZZzzZzZ one as well. But hey, jazzing up the title from The Hobbit: There and Back Again to The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies? Can’t be a bad thing as far as action one must suppose…
Not sure I will be watching that Desolation of Smaug Extended Cut: 25 more minute of virtual Legolas on an imaginary horse fighting computerized orcs for his digital elfin crush who doesn’t digitally return his affection? #Naw It’s basically Jonze’s Her, with slightly more death and destruction.
What are your thoughts on these latest developments from the Tolkien/Jackson universe film fans?