Final Hobbit movie renamed

Peter Jackson has announced his decision to rename the final movie in the 'Hobbit' franchise. The third film will now be called 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies'

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The final 'Hobbit' movie has been renamed 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies'.

Director Peter Jackson has revealed the final instalment in his epic fantasy trilogy, which is due for release in December, will not be titled 'The Hobbit: There and Back Again' as he no longer finds the name appropriate following his decision to expand the original pair of 'Hobbit' of films into a trilogy, much like his earlier 'Lord of the Rings' films.

In a statement on his Facebook page, Jackson explained: "'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."

'The Battle of the Five Armies' refers to the epic conclusion of 'The Hobbit', which features a huge war among the various characters and creatures featured in the mythical series.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

  • 3 stars
  • 2014
  • US/New Zealand
  • 144 min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Peter Jackson
  • Written by: Fran Walsh (screenplay), Philippa Boyens (screenplay), Peter Jackson (screenplay), Guillermo del Toro (screenplay), J. R. R. Tolkien (novel)
  • Cast: Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Andy Serkis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Graham McTavish, Ken Stott, Hugo Weaving, James Nesbitt, Luke Evans, Stephen Fry, Billy Connolly, Evangeline Lilly, Christopher Lee, Cate Blanchett, Ian Holm, Elijah Wood
  • UK release: 12 December 2014

Smaug's on the rampage, Thorin is consumed with greed and war breaks out. The final instalment of Jackson's Middle-earth adventures features moments of spirited action and some terrific performances, but like the other Hobbit films it pales in comparison to the episodes of the previous trilogy.

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