Is Warner Bros planning on changing the title of the third Hobbit movie? According to the One RIng they could be. A good source has told the site that the studio is thinking of calling the film The Hobbit: Into The FIre, as opposed to the long-held title The Hobbit: There And Back Again.
The original title has been there from the beginning - it's the subtitle of the novel. But it was also the title of the second film when The Hobbit was just a duology, and it seemed to be held over when it was distended into a trilogy. But is There And Back Again a little underwhelming for the sturm und drang of these films? Does that title refer to the folksy cuteness of the novel more than the overbearing CGI maelstrom of the movies?
One previous title that Warner Bros had registered was The Hobbit: The Battle of the FIve Armies, and that seems to make sense. Into The Fire really doesn't; not only is it a chapter title that comes way earlier in the book (the first movie, in fact), it sounds like it should have been the name of the last movie, when they went into the dragon's lair.
Why even change the name? I imagine part of it comes from The Desolation of Smaug - named for nerds, not audiences - failed to break a billion bucks global. Into the Fire is a more action-y title that could bring back audiences who just sat the last one out.
What do you think? Does the potential new title make sense, or are you a There and Back Again partisan?