While a major theme of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit” is identity, the third installment of the film franchise might having an identity crisis.
At the very least, the movie is reportedly being retitled and will no longer be “The Hobbit: There and Back Again,” MTV News reports.
New Line Cinema is believed to have registered “The Hobbit: Into the Fire” as a possible new moniker for the third movie, which is due out in December.
Tolkien’s novel was broken into two parts before it was decided that a third would be necessary, with the perhaps-untitled final run following “An Unexpected Journey” and “The Desolation of Smaug.”
Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Richard Armitage, Evangeline Lilly, Orlando Bloom and Cate Blanchett star in the films, which combined have grossed more than $560 million worldwide.
What do you prefer: “There and Back Again,” “Into the Fire” or something else entirely? Share your suggestions in the comments!