Peter Jackson changed course a few times during production on his Hobbit adaptation, and eventually ended up with a full-fledged trilogy. To make it all work, he’s also changed the title of the final film pretty late in the development process.
Co-star Luke Evans, who plays Bard the Bowman in the trilogy, is here to explain why that recent title change makes sense. The final film was originally dubbed There and Back Again, but Jackson recently announced he’s going with Battle of the Five Armies instead.
Though a name change at this point is a bit odd, Evans said the new title is a much better fit for the story they’re telling, and he believes fans will get the point once the last installment opens this December. Here's what he told Digital Spy:
"I actually think it's absolutely right because when it was two films There and Back Again would've been the second film's title. Now it's three films it's become redundant. We have the Battle of the Five Armies which we focus on, it's a very important part of the story. I think it's right, I think it's appropriate that it's changed and I think Peter would've thought about it with a lot of care. I think the decision's right - when you see the film you'll understand exactly why.”
As anyone who has read the books/appendices knows, the Battle of the Five Armies is a fairly substantial set piece, and Jackson has never shied away from framing his films around a titanic armed clash (see: the Battle of Helm’s Deep from LOTR).
What do you think of the title change? Do you like it, or do you wish we were still going There and Back Again?
(Via Digital Spy)