<i>The Hobbit</i> Won't Appear at Comic-Con, Jackson Reveals in <i>Smaug</i> Video

Director Peter Jackson has some good and some bad news. The good news is that there's a production video for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug that shows plenty of behind-the-scenes footage, including up-close looks at the Lake Town sets, brief interviews with Orlando Bloom, Evangeline Lilly and Luke Evans, and ... Dwarf aerobics.

But now the bad news: The Hobbit won't be coming to Comic-Con International later this month.

A couple of days ago I told Warners that I just really wasn't ready to present anything of The Desolation of Smaug at Comic-Con this year," Jackson says in the video's introduction. "The reasons for that are -- well, there's several, really: We're still shooting, and we're gonna be shooting through the period of Comic-Con, so we looked at what actors we could send, y'know, to make a really cool panel, there wasn't really anybody available. I can't go. So, faced with that, the prospect was then, y'know, record some messages, have a really cool sizzle reel, but y'know the problem is I'm so busy shooting, working six days a week trying to get these pick-ups done, that every hour that I spend focusing on a really great reel for Comic-Con -- and it would have to be great -- would be hours spent away from the vital job of making the second and third Hobbit films as cool as they can possibly be."

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens Dec. 13. The Hobbit: There and Back Again arrives Dec. 17, 2014.

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