Big news for Hobbit fans: the final film in the Hobbit series, The Battle of the Five Armies, has a shiny new synopsis - and it might just reveal something pretty unexpected about the film.
Take a look at the official Warner Brothers release, recently leaked by theonering.net, and see what stands out to you:
“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” brings to an epic conclusion the adventures of Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and the Company of Dwarves. Having reclaimed their homeland from the Dragon Smaug, the Company has unwittingly unleashed a deadly force into the world. Enraged, Smaug rains his fiery wrath down upon the defenseless men, women and children of Lake-town.
Obsessed above all else with his reclaimed treasure, Thorin sacrifices friendship and honor to hoard it as Bilbo’s frantic attempts to make him see reason drive the Hobbit towards a desperate and dangerous choice. But there are even greater dangers ahead. Unseen by any but the Wizard Gandalf, the great enemy Sauron has sent forth legions of Orcs in a stealth attack upon the Lonely Mountain.
As darkness converges on their escalating conflict, the races of Dwarves, Elves and Men must decide – unite or be destroyed. Bilbo finds himself fighting for his life and the lives of his friends in the epic Battle of the Five Armies, as the future of Middle-earth hangs in the balance.
The biggest takeaway? That the synopsis, as it stands, sounds remarkably like...the original novel.
Unlike the previous two movies, with their elaborate dwarf arrival scenes and additional elf subplots, is it possible that The Battle of the Five Armies will be largely faithful to the original source material?
Those on the side of strict adherence to original sources certainly have a much larger basis for hope - though the fact that a certain dwarven-elvish love triangle sub-plot was set up in the last movie, it seems unlikely that the synopsis is giving us the full story as things stand.
Still, it's nice to see that the basic structure of the original story is still in tact - and that Thorin's main character arc is still central to the plot...
[The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies](movie:512312) is set for release December 17, 2014.
What do you guys think? Do you want the final Hobbit movie to be completely faithful to the novel?