The third film in Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy could be renamed, according to reports.
The final installment in Jackson’s Middle Earth saga is currently titled The Hobbit: There And Back Again but, according to OneRing.net via Total Film, studio New Line has now registered the alternative title of The Hobbit: Into The Fire.
As Total Film notes, New Line may have registered the title for another project such as a computer game, but ‘Into The Fire’ is the name of a chapter in JRR Tolkien’s fantasy novel.
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), with the third film in the series set to open this December (2014).