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The Hobbit's Shoot Will Be Delayed
Slightly. 'Cos Peter Jackson's ill...

27 January 2011  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Heat Vision Blog

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We were so close… So close to the Precious… Yep, just when you thought The Hobbit had clambered over every possible obstacle on its quest to enter the ancient volcano of production, along comes some scampering little issue to bite off its camera finger and jump up and down, cackling. The film, which was due to have started shooting next month, will now be slightly delayed – emphasis on the slightly – because Peter Jackson has been admitted to hospital.

Now, don't start panicking. According to a statement from the production, he suffered acute stomach pains Wednesday night and was taken to Wellington Hospital where it was discovered he had a perforated ulcer. After some time under the surgeon’s knife, he’s now resting comfortably. "Sir Peter's surgery is not expected to impact on his directing commitment to The Hobbit beyond a slight delay to the start of filming," read the release.

So it’s really nothing to fret about (though we bet it wasn’t exactly comfortable for poor old PJ) and it appears that The Hobbit will be back on track as soon as Jackson can escape the clutches of the medical team. Or as soon as Richard Taylor stops distracting him by bringing bigatures to his bedside and acting out scenes.

But after the delays, the financial wrangling, the loss of Guillermo del Toro and the labour disputes, does anyone feel the hand of Sauron in all of this malarkey? Get well soon Sir Pete, and we hope the shoot itself is plain sailing!


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Get better soon Sir Peter
"Or as soon as Richard Taylor stops distracting him by bringing bigatures to his bedside and acting out scenes" That is a brilliant image, very funny. Hope he gets better soon. More

Posted by Boromirs Redemption at 12:51 on 28 January 2011 | Report This Post

Ironically Tolkien died from a perforated ulcer. Also, they aren't caused by stress. Many are the result of Helicobacter pylori, which I've had a couple of times and it aint nice. So endeth the lesson! More

Posted by cristos diablos at 23:05 on 27 January 2011 | Report This Post

Ironically Tolkien died from a perforated ulcer. Also, they aren't caused by stress. Many are the result of Helicobacter pylori, which I've had a couple of times and it aint nice. So endeth the lesson! More

Posted by cristos diablos at 22:28 on 27 January 2011 | Report This Post

while we're on the subject of delayed movies
while we're on the subject of delayed movies, why doesn't Harold Ramis and Dan Akroyd hurry up on making Ghostbusters 3, thev've got no obstacles, no excuses and no reson why they shouldn't make it, More

Posted by sam fringo at 16:36 on 27 January 2011 | Report This Post

The Hobbit is DOOMED..............................DOOMED
So many problems, and it's been so long since the original trilogy. Remember The Phantom Menace? More

Posted by boredbluekoala at 13:53 on 27 January 2011 | Report This Post

Bound to be stress, poor bugger. All the crap they've had to deal with this time round should make for some interesting appendecies. More

Posted by The Todge at 11:31 on 27 January 2011 | Report This Post

Get well soon PJ!
It's unbelievable how much bad luck "The Hobbit" production has run into. But at least it's happening and I'm sure PJ is as anxious to get filming as all us fans are to see the finished product(s). More

Posted by jojoruck at 08:02 on 27 January 2011 | Report This Post

Too stressed out I bet , Get better soon Pete. God Empire you had me freak out with that headline..... Mind you..... Listen, and understand. That Jackson is out there. It can't be bargained with. It can't be reasoned with. It doesn't feel pity, or remorse, or fear. And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until the Hobbit is made. More

Posted by Nodrog Yeffahc at 06:52 on 27 January 2011 | Report This Post

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