cinemacon-logo People hoping for a big reveal about The Hobbit: There and Back Again at CinemaCon 2014 will probably come away disappointed by the news that, well, there wasn’t much news at all on that front.

Warner Bros. closed out their 2.30pm presentation with a special recorded message from Peter Jackson, then rolled a new production diary.

In the video Jackson recaps where they’ve been in the last two films with story and production-technology, then discusses what to expect in the third film. What folks saw was mostly production diary behind-the-scenes footage but there were a couple final film clips including one with Gandalf saying:

“The time is upon us where all must choose what side we’re on.”

Quote now with spoiler concealment (sorry about the oversight). Highlight above to read.

Here are a few snippets from online reports:

“The Hobbit saga comes to a close with the final installment of the trilogy. Peter Jackson sent a video message thanking the CinemaCon crowd and introducing an exclusive behind the scenes featurette covering the entire Lord of the Rings saga.”

The Wrap

“Perhaps the biggest film in Warner Bros. lineup isn’t due out for another nine months. That would be “The Hobbit: There and Back Again,” the final installment in Peter Jackson’s $4.5 billion grossing adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy series.

Exhibitors were treated to a video greeting from the New Zealand based director and a look back at his six part epic. New footage, aside from a few dramatic stares courtesy of Gandalf (Ian McKellen) and Bilbo (Martin Freeman) and a glimpse of a flying dragon, was scant.”


“Jackson introduced the Lord of the Rings material, which included a few shots from There and Back Again”.

More to come soon…