Expect ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ this December … plus, DOS EE!

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Peter Jackson announces Hobbit 3’s altered title

Forget The Hobbit: Into the Fire; the third film will be renamed The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies – states Peter Jackson on his Facebook page, here.

In the mind-blowing statement, Jackson discusses how he and his team arrived at such a significant alteration:

“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 so: ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ it is.“.Peter Jackson

The news comes straight from the director himself, barely half an hour ago.

Totally unexpected and intriguing.

I personally loved “There and Back Again”, but I understand the reasons behind the change. Nevertheless, Peter assures us that that title will be used for the future Hobbit trilogy DVD box-set.

The Desolation of Smaug Extended Edition gets a running time!

Whilst still being cut, Peter Jackson also writes that an added 25 minutes will complement the second film’s extended editions: almost double that of An Unexpected Journey. I’m loving it!

Naturally, we still have to wait until the whole thing is finished considering they’re still working on it – however, I’m pretty confident we’ll be getting some really fantastic scenes we missed in Film 2.

So, that’s that.

Throw your tantrums, thoughts, feedback, opinion, rants, praise, hopes, fears and pretty much anything that has to do with the new title change and the DOS EE … 🙂

Excited? Did you expect it? What will all this mean now for Film 3?

Fire away!

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16 thoughts on “Expect ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’ this December … plus, DOS EE!

    • Oh yes, I’m expecting some expanded scenes with Beorn, Mirkwood and especially the “Thrain at Dol Guldur” storyline – unless they decided to push that to ‘There and Back Again’ … oops, sry! I mean, ‘The Battle of the Five Armies” 😉

    • Nevey, I agree – There and Back Again has such a strong significance and ties in nicely with The Lord of the Rings (especially in ROTK when Sam reads out the name of the two books at the end). Thankfully, we’re still getting it as part of The Hobbit Trilogy box set – and that is something, at least 🙂

      • But still I don’t feel the depth and the wrapping of the whole journey, I feel it’s just another sequel and there is more to come. I wish if they stuck with it with Sam at the ending and they can bring him to be like the narrator of the final scene telling the story to his grand children.

        P.S. I don’t get the box set thing :/ .

  1. My initial reaction was “NOOOOOOO” because I love how There and Back Again ties into the book, but The Battle of Five Armies does fit better if we’re judging by film content. like Alyssa says, in the end i,s the content that really matters 😛

    • Hey Reno, thanks for your comment 🙂

      You and Alyssa are both right regarding the importance of the content. Then again, TABA has a nice ring to it and seemed to close this particular chapter of the Trilogy in an appropriate way.

      Then again, I’m excited at the new title – promising a spectacular finale 😉

  2. It an understandable change. However i’m happy he’s preserving the original for the set, its a fitting name!

    • I concur. The reasons for the change make sense (although having Bilbo already “There” doesn’t really pose that big of a problem if the title remained as before).

      At the same time, I’m glad they adopted the BOFA name (that was one of the registered names by New Line, way back when two films became three (in 2012) – and I was secretly hoping they’d use that title for film 3 … well, that has happened in the long run!)

  3. I understand why he changed it, but “There and Back Again” added a sense of finality to the last LoTR movie ever made that “The Battle of the Five Armies” just doesn’t have. It’s not the sort of elegant title that it once was.

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