For as long as we’ve known that The Hobbit would be adapted into a new trilogy of movies it feels like we’ve known that one of the movies was going to be titled The Hobbit: There and Back Again. As it turns out, this is not the case and another title has been chosen for the third and final movie.
As time has moved forward and the trilogy has come together, director Peter Jackson and company have grown more and more aware that the title simply wouldn’t work. This eventually led to the choice for the official title: The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.
Continue reading to see Jackson’s announcement of the title, including the reasoning behind the decision to not use “There and Back Again.”
After the release of the first official look at Tauriel (Evangeline Lilly) last week, and the film’s first poster this past weekend, the first offical trailer for The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug has finally debuted.
Hit the jump to see the full trailer here below.
The film follows Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield and his band of fearless dwarves, and Gandalf the Grey, who are on a quest to obtain gold that was stolen from them from a great dragon called Smaug. Not only do we get our first look at Smaug, Tauriel, Beron the Bear, and Bard, but we also get to see the return of Legolas (Orlando Bloom).
The Hobbit: There and Back Again, the final chapter in Peter Jackson‘s three-part adaptation of the classic J.R.R. Tolkien novel that would one day lead to the creation of the Lord of the Rings trilogy, was originally supposed to open in theaters on July 18, 2014. But in a move that surprised very little, There and Back Again had its release date pushed back five months and will now open on December 17, 2014.
This date shift makes a lot more sense, as each movie in Jackson’s Rings trilogy and last year’s The Hobbit: An Expected Journey all had December openings and were immense box office successes around the world. Plus it gives the director and his gifted production team some much-needed time to work on the voluminous 3D visual effects work required and fine tune the movie, and a holiday slot protects There and Back Again from contending with the blockbuster onslaught that comes with a summer release.
Amidst all the controversy surrounding The Hobbit High Frame Rate in 3D and decision to expand to a full-length trilogy, Peter Jackson and his team could not have seen this one coming. A report from the AP says that animal wranglers who worked on the movies claim that up to 27 animals died during the course of filming the trilogy. Jackson’s team is refuting the argument by saying that “no animals were harmed on set” and the American Humane Association, the organization which oversees animal welfare on film sets, confirms this claim, although they added that they don’t have the “jurisdiction or funding to extend that oversight to activities or conditions off set.”
A spokesman for Jackson said that while no animals were harmed on the set, there were two horses that died outside of production and that those deaths were avoidable. The spokesman said the that the production company moved quickly to improve conditions after the death of the horses and that the other animals’ deaths were from natural causes.
The animals were reportedly housed at a farm located 186 miles from the main film set and 26 miles from the soundstage that the animal wranglers claim was filled with bluffs, sinkholes, and other “death traps.”
There will be no need to call Peter Jackson‘s conclusion to The Hobbit trilogy The Hobbit 3 any longer because its finally got a new title. Well more like its taking a title. When it was announced that there would be The Hobbit Trilogy, the third and final film had no title. Now The Hollywood Reporter is confirming that the concluding film will be titled The Hobbit: There and Back Again, while the second film will be titled The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.
Those are just some of the major developments that’s has been happening since it was confirmed that The Hobbit would be turned into a trilogy. Though it was earlier reported that there was no budget for the film, Warner Brothers seems to believe in Jackson, as they should, that he can give a proper adaptation.