Peter Jackson updates Comic-Con crowd on ‘The Hobbit’

AN DIEGO — Peter Jackson says he’s nearly a quarter of the way through his long, long shoot for his two-part adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Hobbit.”

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Jackson told an audience at the Comic-Con fan convention Friday that he just finished the first 60 days of production and is on break before resuming for 200 more days of shooting.

“So almost there,” Jackson joked during a panel alongside Steven Spielberg, where they previewed footage of their action tale “The Adventures of Tintin.” Spielberg is directing “Tintin,” Jackson producing.

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Jackson said he’s enjoying “The Hobbit” far more than he thought he would after directing a similar long shoot on Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings” trilogy.

“The Hobbit” is a prequel reuniting many of the same characters from “Lord of the Rings.

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