The third and final Hobbit film has a new name. Instead of There and Back Again, it will be known as The Battle of the Five Armies.
Director Peter Jackson confirmed the change via Facebook and explained the reasons behind it. “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,” he wrote.
“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,” he continued.
There’s a chance the subtitle will reappear when the DVD boxed set is released in the future. Jackson also teased that more information about the movie, which he is currently editing, will be released in the coming months.
The first film, An Expected Journey, was panned by critics and fans for its slow pace, yet it still managed to pull in more than $1 billion at the box office. Desolation of Smaug grossed a little less—$950 million.
The Battle of the Five Armies is slated to land in theaters Dec. 17.