Two days after being hit with an injunction by a federal judge (story), film producer Global Asylum has given its newest release a new title: Age of the Hobbits is now Clash of the Empires, according to the official site.
A theatrical release is also going ahead in Cambodia, where the movie was shot, under the title The History of Mankind.
It won’t be enough to end court proceedings, however. Warner Bros., New Line Cinema, MGM, and producer Saul Zaentz still have an active lawsuit against Asylum for infringing on their trademark. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hits theaters worldwide this week, as the first of a trilogy.
The injunction prevents Asylum from distributing the movie under the Age of the Hobbits title. So while you might see Clash of the Empires show up in stores before the January 28 hearing, it will only be after changes to all the cover art, DVD menu screens, credits, and marketing material have made it through the distribution pipe.