Peter Jackson Announces He Won't Be Bringing The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug To Comic-Con

Peter Jackson attends 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' New York premiere benefiting AFI at Ziegfeld Theater, New York City, on December 6, 2012 Peter Jackson attends 'The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey' New York premiere benefiting AFI at Ziegfeld Theater, New York City, on December 6, 2012

It appears “The Hobbit” will not be making a repeat appearance at Comic-Con later this month in San Diego.

Director Peter Jackson announced in a Facebook video post on Monday that he will not be attending this year’s event where many had expected him to promote the second film in his “Hobbit” trilogy — “The Desolation of Smaug.”

“I told Warners that I just really wasn’t ready to present anything of ‘The Desolation of Smaug’ at Comic-Con this year,” Peter said in his post.

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The director said completing filming on the trilogy is keeping him in New Zealand.

“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,” he said.

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Peter said they are so busy shooting bits for the final two films that he doesn’t have time to make a sizzle reel for the event either.

“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,” the second film in Peter’s “Hobbit” trilogy, will be released on December 13, 2013.

The third film, “The Hobbit: There and Back Again,” will drop on December 17, 2014.

Reps for Warner Bros. didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment from Access Hollywood.

-- Jolie Lash

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