The third installment in the latest Middle Earth trilogy of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit has been renamed by director Peter Jackson. Originally titled as “The Hobbit: There and Back Again”, Jackson has instead chosen to title the film “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” after discussing it with MGM, saying that the new title more accurately reflects the upcoming film. Jackson adds that the old title will likely re-appear in future box set versions of the three films.
“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” is currently scheduled for release on December 17, 2014.