Peter Jackson could surely fill Hall H with a panel for The Hobbit at this year’s Comic-Con, but he will not. Jackson explained why on his Facebook page:
New Line and Warner Bros were very happy to support a presentation, but I declined, simply because I felt it was too early. There’s so much more of the films still to shoot. I just wanted to get that out there, because I’ve seen various references to the possibility of something Hobbity at Comic Con. Hate to disappoint anyone. But something tells me we will be there in force next year.
As Jackson notes, there are two Cons between now and the December 14, 2012 release of the first movie, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey . The second movie, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, is scheduled for release the following year on December 13, 2013, so Jackson and Co. will absolutely rule back-to-back Comic-Cons in 2012 and 2013. Probably for the best he focuses on making the movies now, promoting them later.
To make up for the sad news, Jackson uploaded the third entry in the production video blogs that y’all love so much. Watch it after the jump.
Click here for all our Hobbit coverage, including several character stills.
Both films are set in Middle-earth 60 years before Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings,” which Jackson and his filmmaking team brought to the big screen in the blockbuster trilogy that culminated with the Oscar®-winning “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.” The adventure of “The Hobbit” follows the journey of title character Bilbo Baggins, who is swept into an epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the fearsome dragon Smaug.