It seemed a little strange to hear that The Hobbit: There and Back Again would be changing its title so late in the game- Peter Jackson and his studio heads opting for the rather more blockbuster-y The Battle of the Five Armies instead- but for a project which took a relatively small book and turned it into nine hours of film perhaps such a bombastic move should come as no surprise.
However, the question still remains as to why? Well Jackson has now released a statement on his Facebook page to answer just that:
“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".
And how exactly did it come about? Well the Kiwi just happens to answer that too:
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.
In all honesty we're a little sad to see the last one go. It had a nice reflective, sombre sort of quality, but then, as above, perhaps The Battle of the Five Armies will be more suited to tone.
But forget us, how do you all feel about these changing names? Let us know below.
The Hobbit saga will conclude on December 17th