New Production Blog for THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG Focuses on Reshoots; Peter Jacksons Says the Film Isn’t Going to Comic-Con

     July 1, 2013


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.


  • Yurine

    Dwarf Jazzercise- Classic.

  • White Rose Brian

    If he wants to take time to work on it and make it the best it can be, then all the more power to him.

  • Ozweego

    I only hope the reshoots are more of recuts. This story is not a nine hour feature. Hell I can read the whole book in half that time.

  • HeSaidSheSaidReviewSite

    This guy has a problem putting a movie together. He doesn’t know what the word efficient means.

  • we

    WOW! A welcome return for Peter Jackson! Smaug will be epic.

    • Northern Star

      Epic it most certainly will be, but I just hope it isn’t overlong like the last one was…

      Peter Jackson is the foremost fantasy filmmaker in the world today, but he badly needs an editor who’ll tell him when to cut the broader material that slows down the pace and momentum of the story. I remain in the minority who think the theatrical versions of the LOTR trilogy were about 95% right, and that the extended versions were overwhelmingly over-indulgent in what they added. And the same is true of the first ‘Hobbit’ film last year, it was a good 20 minutes too long, and if any film DID NOT need an extended version it’s that film.

      I’m also convinced that the original two-film plan for ‘The Hobbit’ was the right one, to extend such a story to three films and some nine hours of screen time is just lunacy at best, not to mention unrestrained indulgence at worst. I understand what Jackson is trying to do with the trilogy outline, but it’s just stretching out a relatively brisk story beyond reason… akin to butter being scraped over too much bread…

  • The Dude Abides

    While I’m not a huge fan of what PJ is doing with this trilogy, I gotta hand it to the man. He works his ass off for the fans and doesn’t settle for less than awesome. Sure, extending this to three movies may have been a cash cow (I’m sure he had more than a little incentive and monetary motivation from the studio) but in my eyes he’s still one of the best directors around, and it looks like he’s really giving it his all to make these movies as great as the LotR trilogy, even though the source material doesn’t call for it.

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