The third and final part of The Hobbit trilogy may be getting a rebranding, following an interesting registration.
TheOneRing.net are reporting that New Line Cinema have registered a trademark for The Hobbit: Into the Fire, amid speculation that studio bosses have decided to scrap the current planned sub-title of There and Back Again.
While it is common practice for studios to register multiple titles, it is somewhat baffling that news of a potential new film title comes now seeing as There and Back Again is due for release this coming December. Of course, it is possible – maybe even likely – that Into the Fire is a planned title for a videogame or some other movie tie-in, considering There and Back Again has been used by the cast, press and others when talking about the final part of the trilogy.
Back in July 2012, The Desolation of Smaug and The Battle of Five Armies were registered by New Line, with the former going on to be used for the second movie.
Whatever the final film ends up being called, we know it will release on December 12, and a first trailer for the picture is expected soon.