Peter Jackson’s new ‘Hobbit’ movie, number 3 in the trilogy released since late 2012, is set to be released this upcoming December. Recently, it was announced by Jackson that the final movie in the fantasy movie series has just undergone a name change and will be getting a new title.
Following its predecessors, ‘An Unexpected Journey,’ and ‘The Desolation of Smaug,’ since the trilogy first began filming, Jackson has indicated that he intended to call the third and final film “There and Back Again,” which is the title of the main character, Bilbo Baggins’s book that he writes chronicling his adventures that take place in “The Hobbit” in J.R.R. Tolkien’s books that off of which Jackson’s movies are based. However, Jackson has rethought this title, and decided that it is not fitting for the third movie, as Bilbo has already gone “there and back again” by the end of “The Desolation of Smaug,” and the third movie focuses primarily on the Bilbo and the dwarves’ fight to win back their home city of Erebor from the dragon, Smaug.
Jackson said that late last year he had mentioned that the ‘Hobbit 3’ movie might get a new title, but he had still wanted to review the final cut of it before a definite decision would be made and finalized. However, after reviewing the film, Jackson has said that the title “There and Back Again” will not be used after all, and instead has set the new title, ‘The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies’. Since the film is not set to be released until December, this gives plenty of time for viewers who already anticipated the former title to adjust to the change.
Complaints that Jackson has taken some (and maybe a lot) of liberties in the making of this trilogy have been rampant among Tolkien fans. The main complaint has been that he even managed to make ‘The Hobbit’, a 276 page book into a trilogy in the first place, which clearly took some fleshing out of very minor details, as well as the creation of some characters and events, that, well…were not really there to begin with. At the time of the first film’s release, The Daily Beast examined a whopping 19 things that occurred just in that film that did not take place or else were different in the book. Viewers could easily observe that the differences only got greater from there in the second movie.
Just some of Jackson’s additions thus far have included scenes with Frodo, Galadriel, and Saruman from ‘The Lord of the Rings’), that do not actually occur in ‘The Hobbit’ book, in an effort to reunite Jackson’s original cast. Additionally, Legolas has made his reappearance, romantically smitten with fellow elf-lady Tauriel (a made-up character, also not in the books). Then of course there is the ever-bitter and moody dwarf king, Thorin Oakenshield, and his continual vendetta to avenge his lineage and claim back his home city in the mountains. His progress is always hindered, however, with his arch-nemesis, the pale Orc, popping up what seems like every five minutes and ruining his good time by trying to kill everyone. All in all, this makes for a pretty good plot line, if a director wants to stretch a short book out into an epic trilogy.
In addition to ‘The Hobbit 3’ getting a new title, other news of the trilogy has been spilling out, including that Jackson is currently working on an extending version of ‘The Desolation of Smaug,’ which includes 25 minutes of extra footage and music. Jackson says he is now just putting the final touches on the last movie, or ‘The Battle of the Five Armies’, as it is now called, set to be released in mid-December 2014.
By Laura Clark