“Lord of the Rings” director/producer/writer Sir Peter Jackson has undergone surgery for a perforated ulcer in his native New Zealand, according to the Associated Press.
Publicist Melissa Booth tells the AP that Jackson was admitted to Wellington Hospital after suffering from severe stomach pains. She told the AP Thursday that Jackson was resting comfortably and is expected to make a full recovery.
Jackson’s illness will further delay the start of filming for “The Hobbit,” which was long stalled because of fiscal turmoil at MGM.
The Oscar winner is helming a two-movie adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s acclaimed children’s novel “The Hobbit,” the prequel to the British novelist’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy.