An unfortunate health scare has sidelined director Peter Jackson from his work on The Hobbit. The director was admitted to a hospital in Wellington, New Zealand with severe abdominal pains, which would be diagnosed as being a perforated ulcer in the stomach. However, the news is far from grim, as the prominent filmmaker, who also holds the title of Knight Companion in his native country is expected to make a full recovery after undergoing emergency surgery. As a result, the filming of the two part 3D epic return to Middle Earth in The Hobbit will be slightly delayed while the director recuperates. In a production already plagued with delays and legal minutia of every imaginable form, the health issue of Jackson is just the latest setback. While the delay will hardly be exceptional and the film will more than likely proceed as planned without a hiccup, it does leave one to wonder how much more behind-the-scenes drama can a film that hasn’t even begun shooting possibly endure. If one were of the superstitious ilk, might it be suspected that this film is — gulp — cursed?
A statement released from The Hobbit production gave the official update on Jackson’s status:
“Sir Peter is currently resting comfortably and his doctors expect him to make a full recovery.”
Ironically enough, a perforated ulcer, in which the ulcer burns through the stomach lining, sending digestive acids into the stomach cavity, was an ailment that the late author of The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien also suffered. Some may attribute the cause of Jackson’s health scare to his dramatic weight loss in recent years (he claimed dieting to be his strategy,) coupled with a heavy workload, that may have exacerbated an unknown issue.