Warner Bros. Pictures, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and New Line Cinema
jointly announced today that the much-anticipated final film in Peter
Jackson's trilogy adaptation of the enduringly popular masterpiece The
Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien, has now been titled "The Hobbit: The
Battle of the Five Armies." The film, previously titled "The Hobbit:
There and Back Again," will be released worldwide December 17, 2014,
with select international territories releasing on December 10, 2014.
Peter Jackson stated, "Our journey to make 'The Hobbit' Trilogy has been
in some ways like Bilbo's own, with hidden paths revealing their secrets
to us as we've gone along. '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 'The
Desolation of Smaug.' When we did the premiere trip late last year, I
had a quiet conversation with the studio about the idea of revisiting
the title. 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. And so: 'The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies' it is."
"The Hobbit" Trilogy tells a continuous story set in Middle-earth 60
years before "The Lord of the Rings," which Academy Award®-winning
filmmaker Peter Jackson and his team brought to the big screen in the
blockbuster trilogy that culmnated with the Oscar®-winning
"The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King."
Ian McKellen returns as Gandalf the Grey, with Martin Freeman in the
central role of Bilbo Baggins, and Richard Armitage as Thorin
Oakenshield. The international ensemble cast is led by Evangeline Lilly,
Lee Pace, Luke Evans, Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Fry, Cate Blanchett,
Ian Holm, Christopher Lee, Hugo Weaving, Ken Stott, James Nesbitt, and
Orlando Bloom. The film also stars, in alphabetical order, John Bell,
Manu Bennett, Jed Brophy, Adam Brown, John Callen, Billy Connolly, Ryan
Gage, Mark Hadlow, Peter Hambleton, Stephen Hunter, William Kircher,
Lawrence Makoare, Sylvester McCoy, Graham McTavish, Dean O'Gorman,
Mikael Persbrandt, and Aidan Turner.
The screenplay for "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" is by
Fran Walsh & Philippa Boyens & Peter Jackson & Guillermo del Toro, based
on the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien. Jackson also produced the film, together
with Carolynne Cunningham, Zane Weiner and Fran Walsh. The executive
producers are Alan Horn, Toby Emmerich, Ken Kamins and Carolyn
Blackwood, with Philippa Boyens and Eileen Moran serving as co-producers.
The creative behind-the-scenes team is led by director of photography
Andrew Lesnie, production designer Dan Hennah, editor Jabez Olssen and
composer Howard Shore. The costumes are designed by Richard Taylor, Bob
Buck and Ann Maskrey. Taylor is also overseeing the design and
production of armour, weapons, creatures and special makeup, which are
once again being made by the award-winning Weta Workshop. Oscar®-winning
visual effects studio Weta Digital is again handling the visual effects
for the film, led by senior visual effects supervisor Joe Letteri. The
hair and makeup designer is Peter Swords King. The conceptual designers
are John Howe and Alan Lee. Eric Saindon is the visual effects
supervisor, with David Clayton serving as animation supervisor.
Under Jackson's direction, "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies"
was shot in 3D 48 frames-per-second and will be released in High Frame
Rate 3D (HFR 3D) in select theaters, other 2D and 3D formats, and IMAX®.
Production took place at Jackson's own facilities in Miramar,
Wellington, and on location around New Zealand. Post production took
place at Park Road Post Production in Wellington.
New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Present a Wingnut Films
Production, "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies." As with the
first two films in the Trilogy, "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" and
"The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug," the final film is a production of
New Line Cinema and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM), with New Line
managing production. Warner Bros. Pictures is handling worldwide
theatrical distribution, with select international territories as well
as all international television distribution being handled by MGM. www.thehobbit.com
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