‘The Hobbit’ Delayed By Peter Jackson’s Health Woes

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peter jackson Hobbit1 The Hobbit Delayed By Peter Jacksons Health Woes

This is starting to look like the movie that God simply does not want to be made.

In recent weeks/months fans of Middle Earth have been rejoicing: after the year-long drama of the MGM bankruptcy saga, Peter Jackson’s adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit was officially greenlit, and was headed into production. Now, production on the Lord of the Rings prequel has been delayed yet again by an event that is bigger than Hollywood politics: the health woes of Peter Jackson.

New Zealand website Stuff reports that Jackson was hospitalized with perforated stomach ulcer at Wellington Hospital last night. He underwent surgery for the ulcer and is currently said to be “resting comfortably” and is expected to “make a full recovery.” This health scare will NOT prevent Jackson from continuing his directorial duties on The Hobbit, but as Deadline has confirmed, the film will have its expected start date pushed back in lieu of the incident.

It’s no wonder poor Sir Peter is being afflicted with this particular ailment: The Hobbit started out as such a happy venture, bringing Jackson together with close friend Guillermo del Toro, the man who was originally supposed to helm The Hobbit, with Jackson guiding the film along. When MGM started having money troubles, The Hobbit had the first of many delays that would ultimately force del Toro to leave the project. Jackson jumped into the director’s chair to save the film, but even when the MGM situation looked to be clearing up Jackson again found the film under fire (in his own backyard of New Zealand) when acting unions protested The Hobbit filming in The Kiwi Country, due to what they felt were unfair labor policies.

Heck, even recently when this film has been on solid ground Jackson has still been facing the demand of delivering a two-part blockbuster – one that is already boasting cutting-edge 3D and CGI creature effects. There’s also the small matter of having not one but TWO major studios (MGM and Warner Bros.) putting a lot of money on the line for The Hobbit to be a success. Why would anyone be anxious about all of that?

In all seriousness, we’d like to join Hobbit and Peter Jackson fans everywhere in wishing the director a speedy recovery.

The Hobbit: Part 1 was supposed to hit theaters on December 19th, 2012 and Part 2 in December 2013. We’ll keep you updated about changes to those release dates.

Header Image Photo Credit: Simon Alekna

Sources: Stuff & Deadline

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  1. Well this is bad news, I just hope he has a good recovery.

  2. Just wanna say wish u well in your recovery Pete I’m sure your anxious to get back to work on the hobbit but your health comes first before any movie get well soon

  3. Someone (*ahemgaladriel!*) should give him some light of Earendil in a phile.

  4. I hope he has a speedy recovery. I wonder if someday we will see a “Hearts Of Darkness” type of documentary about the making of these films? Because the story of this production getting started has become legandary. Bye the time this hits the Cinema who knows what else is going to happen? Best of luck Mr. Jackson….

  5. Get well soon, Peter.

  6. I lost all interest in all news “Hobbit”. I just don’t care anymore………

    • If you don’t care anymore, then why bother to comment? Or even read the article for that matter? I for one hope this film still goes ahead.
      Get well soon PJ

  7. I hope Peter has a speedy recovery.

  8. Just to clarify, one of the publicists working with Jackson on the Hobbit said, “it will cause a slight delay to the start of filming”. I’m guessing 4-6 weeks myself.

    We should be thankful however it wasn’t something like open heart surgery or other more serious conditions that could take 6 to 12+ months to recover from.

    All the best Peter and we look forward to another stellar job of adapting Tolkien’s work to the silver screen :)

  9. This whole real life drama is Hollywood history in the making. Take note boys and girls. Oh and MR. Jackson get well soon.

  10. Gee whiz! An ulcer is caused by bacteria and can easily be knocked out with antibiotics. I don’t know how good the national healthcare system is in New Zealand, but it shouldn’t have been allowed to get that far.