Peter Jackson Hospitalized, “The Hobbit” Filming Delayed Anew

Peter Jackson was taken to a New Zealand hospital on Wednesday for an emergency surgery after the film director complained of severe stomach ache, which was later diagnosed as perforated ulcer, according to the Guardian.

The publicist said the surgery was successful and Jackson is now recovering at the hospital in Wellington. However, the publicist said that filming on the problematic “The Hobbit,” Jackson’s version of J.R.R. Tolkien’s prequel to the “Lord of the Rings” series, will be affected, albeit only “slightly.” In a statement obtained by the Guardian, publicist Melissa Booth said that “the surgery is not expected to impact on his directing commitment to The Hobbit beyond a slight delay to the start of filming.”

Jackson’s hospitalization is just the latest obstacle to get in the way of “The Hobbit,” whose production has been hit by several problems, including the departure of original director Guillermo Del Torro and a boycott threat from workers due to a dispute over compensation.