The latest video diary from Peter Jackson on the progress of his epic movie adaptation of J R Tolkien’s The Hobbit has arrived and it looks like the party is in full swing. Everyone looks in high spirits and would appear to be having the best time of their lives! There is some great behind the scenes footage here, as well as some new shots of Andy Serkis as Gollum and a rather comical scene involving Serkis and Martin Freeman having to deal with acting in the same scene. Jackson gives a wonderful introduction, and really shows his upbeat and playful manner which is actually very funny. Jackson is a legend and looks like the best director anyone could wish to work for.
The new video blog concentrates predominantly on the Dwarfs of the film, although many other characters make an appearance. Speaking of appearances, it was hoped that Jackson was going to have time to make an appearance at Comic-Con in the US which is happening right now, but sadly he couldn’t, although on the even of the first instalment of the Hobbit next December, he will be there in force next year! Here’s what Jackson had to say in a statement, which again shows him to be a true gentleman:
“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. 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.
Now for the good news…
We’ve just finished a new video blog, covering a little more of the first block of shooting. So please enjoy this—at least you don’t have to travel to San Deigo to see it!
I’ve been on the go since wrapping the first shooting block, but I’m about to settle down and get into the much delayed 20 Questions. I’ve a few half-written and will get those done very, very soon! I promise!”
By Matt Wavish