Director Peter Jackson has released a new production video blog for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Jackson is currently busy overseeing extensive reshoots/pick-ups on his Hobbit films, as he is now filling the adaptation out to be a trilogy. As such, a large amount of filming is taking place in New Zealand for footage that will appear in The Desolation of Smaug and the third entry, There and Back Again. This production video focuses on the filming of the reshoots themselves, but Jackson prefaces the blog with a message in which he reveals that The Desolation of Smaug will not be going to Comic-Con this year.
He explains that there were a limited number of castmembers that would be available to make the trip, and as he’s working six-day weeks on the pick-up production, he’s not able to make the trip and doesn’t have the time craft a really worthwhile sizzle reel of footage. It’s an understandable, if regrettable, decision, but I expect Jackson and Co. will be back next year for There and Back Again. Hit the jump to watch the new production blog in its entirety. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens on December 13th.