Third Hobbit film retitled ‘The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies’

Title change confirmed by director Peter Jackson

Director Peter Jackson has confirmed that the third film in The Hobbit trilogy will now be titled The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies.

The third and final film in the trilogy had the working title There and Back Again with Jackson revealing the new name on Facebook earlier today (April 24).

“When we did the premiere trip late last year, I had a quiet conversation with the studio about the idea of revisiting the title,” Jackson writes.

“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.”

The series of films, which tell the story of Bilbo Baggins and a gang of dwarves eager to reclaim their homeland, star Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage and Benedict Cumberbatch.

The first film in the trilogy, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey was released in December 2012 and took over $1 billion (£670 million) at the box office worldwide. Follow-up The Desolation Of Smaug was released last December (2013).

The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies is due for release on December 12 of this year.