‘The Hobbit’ won’t be part of Comic-Con 2011

Peter Jackson says film 'will be there in force next year'

Peter Jackson has confirmed that he will not be bringing any footage for The Hobbit to Comic-Con this weekend (July 21-24).

In a statement made via his Facebook page, Jackson announced: “Good news and bad news today. Bad news is that we won’t be doing any Hobbit presentation at Comic Con in San Diego this year. New Line and Warner Bros were very happy to support a presentation, but I declined, simply because I felt it was too early.”

The good news, however, is that Jackson has posted a new video of the cast and crew talking about their memories of the first few months shooting.

The video, which features Sir Ian McKellen reciting the names of all 13 dwarves, as well as said Dwarves singing, begins with the director running around Pinewood studios and ends with another familiar wizened face in full costume.

The footage also shows Andy Serkis and Martin Freeman in Gollum‘s cave, as well as Cate Blanchett and Hugo Weaving in full costume as Galadriel and Elrond.

The film, based on J.R.R Tolkien‘s first foray into the world of Middle Earth and the Lord of the Rings, will be split into two separate features, released over 2012 and 2013.

Comic-Con begins today (July 21), while The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is scheduled to be released in the UK on December 14 2012.