A trusted source for The One Ring suggests that “The Hobbit: There and Back Again,” the upcoming third and final film in Peter Jackson’s trilogy, may get a title change as New Line has reportedly registered the title: “The Hobbit: Into the Fire.”
In July 2012 came the decision to split ‘The Hobbit’ films into three rather than two. Before that the two ‘Hobbit’ films were set to be called “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” and “The Hobbit: There and Back Again”.
When it became three films, questions arose as to what the final two films would be called. At the time, the same source for that site said New Line had registered two new titles: “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” and “The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies”.
A month later, the titles were confirmed in press releases with “The Hobbit: There and Back Again” slotted back in as the third film’s title instead of ‘Five Armies’. “There and Back Again” has been in use by cast, crew and media already as well regarding the third film.
However, there has yet to be any official trailer of promotional material from the third film, only a few stills so far, which means if they are going to make a change then now is the time to do it.
The source says “because they must register their eventual title, studios often register multiple titles” which effectively makes this a contingency title, much like ‘The Battle of Five Armies’.
If so, then why register it so late in the game? Or is it for some other ‘Hobbit’-related tie-in project that has yet to be announced?