Hobbit 3 has new title, extended Hobbit 2 adds 25 minutes

News Simon Brew
24 Apr 2014 - 15:53

Peter Jackson has confirmed a title change for the third Hobbit movie, and a very extended cut of Desolation Of Smaug.

As had been rumoured earlier in the week, the name of the third and final film in The Hobbit trilogy is changing. As such, what was once known as The Hobbit: There And Back Again now has something that sounds less like a walk, and more like a battle.

Peter Jackson has revealed on Facebook that the new film is now going to be called The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies. Which, if you've read the book, makes sense.

Jackson also revealed that the extended cut of The Desolation Of Smaug is almost done, and that it's going to be - wait for it - over 25 minutes longer. Nearly another half an hour! It's not as if Smaug wasn't a chatty bugger already.

Anyway, here's what Jackson wrote:

"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!"


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