Peter Jackson was reportedly admitted into Wellington Hospital after experiencing stomach pains in New Zealand while location scouting for The Hobbit. After being admitted Jackson underwent surgery to repair a perforated ulcer. Apparently a perforated ulcer is when a stomach ulcer completely burns through your stomach lining and all of the acid and stuff inside is able to leak out into your guts. Yikes. That sounds pretty horrible.
Jackson’s spokesman has said that the surgery won’t impact his ability to direct the film, but that there would be a small delay in shooting. This delay comes after one director has already bowed out of the project, Jackson (who was originally only going to produce) had to take his place, and national tax laws had to be changed in New Zealand so that Middle Earth’s iconic setting could remain the same and shooting wouldn’t have to be moved somewhere else. Talk about trials and tribulations. Cue the speculation that this project may be cursed.
Hopefully this will be the last roadblock put in front of Jackson and his crew and the rest of the shoot will be smooth sailing. I was totally down for some more hobbit movies, but at what price? Certainly we all hope for a speedy recovery for Jackson, but not so speedy that he rushes back behind the camera before he’s ready. I don’t think we need to see more Gandalf that bad.