Peter Jackson

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There's never a magical ring nearby when you really need one.

Peter Jackson is resting in a Wellington hospital tonight after undergoing emergency surgery to repair a perforated ulcer, according to the New Zealand Herald, which also eerily noted that J.R.R. Tolkien suffered the same thing not long before passing away in 1973.

Happily, the Oscar winner is expected to make a full recovery. And yes, this does put a slight hitch in The Hobbit's production schedule.

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A rep for Jackson, Melissa Booth, confirmed that the director was admitted to the hospital Wednesday night after experiencing acute stomach pains.

He's resting comfortably now, she says, and they're expecting only a short delay (not including the two years it took to secure financing and line up the cast) before cameras can start rolling on The Hobbit. Filming was expected to start in New Zealand next month.

So long as the Lord of the Rings visionary is healthy and strong for the start of what's going to be a looong shoot, Jackson can take all the time he needs. But we still wish him a speedy recovery!

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