The Hobbit's In Hiding

San Diego Comic-Con will feel a little empty this year because The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug will be M.I.A. Director Peter Jackson confirmed that he won't be on hand for the convention.

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In Dec. Warner Bros. will release the biggest fantasy film of the year. Prepare yourself for The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. It's the highly anticipated follow-up to last year's The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

Last July, director Peter Jackson took some of the film's cast to San Diego Comic-Con to promote its arrival. But The Desolation of Smaug won't get the same treatment.

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Jackson has confirmed that Comic-Con is a no-go. According to Access Hollywood, he posted a video on his official Facebook page breaking the news. He said, “I told Warners that I just really wasn’t ready to present anything of The Desolation of Smaug at Comic-Con this year.”

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Jackson continued, “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 to make a really cool panel. There wasn’t really anybody available. I can’t go.”

If you're a die-hard Hobbit fan, this must be heartbreaking to learn. But try looking at the glass half full. Jackson is using the extra time to make the movie better. We'll take a polished, finished product over a few minutes of early footage.

“This is the last ditch shooting that we’re doing and it’s going fantastic and these are gonna be great movies and I just had to take the Comic-Con burden, if you like, off my shoulders,” he said.

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opens in theaters Dec. 13.

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