Peter Jackson has renamed the final installment in his Hobbit trilogy.
The film previously known as The Hobbit: There and Back Again is now called The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.
‘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,’ read a statement from Jackson on his Facebook page.
‘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.’
However, Jackson went on to say the original title may still be used when it comes to the home entertainment release of the trilogy.
Jackson added: ‘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.’