Filming of The Hobbit has been delayed again while director Peter Jackson’s recovers from surgery.
Heat Vision reports that Jackson was admitted Wednesday night to Wellington Hospital in New Zealand with acute stomach pains, and underwent surgery for a perforated ulcer. He’s said to be resting comfortably, and is expected to make a full recovery.
According to a statement from the production,”Sir Peter’s surgery is not expected to impact on his directing commitment to The Hobbit beyond a slight delay to the start of filming.”
Filming had been scheduled to begin sometime next month on the two-movie Lord of the Rings prequel, which has experienced so many setbacks that some have referred to the project as cursed: Guillermo del Toro’s departure as director, production freezes tied to MGM’s bankruptcy, and a bitter dispute with labor unions.
The Hobbit, which stars Martin Freeman, Ian McKellen, Andy Serkis, Elijah Wood, Cate Blanchett and a host of others, is set for release in December 2012 and December 2013.
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