It's no secret that 'The Hobbit' has suffered its fair share of setbacks. Guillermo del Toro was on board to direct but dropped out after MGM's financial woes delayed production. Writer/producer Peter Jackson saved the day by stepping in to take the helm but was faced with a union boycott that almost halted everything once again. (To get up to speed, check out a timeline of all 'The Hobbit's' production woes after the jump.) Knowing all this, the news that Sir Peter has been admitted to a New Zealand hospital due to a perforated stomach ulcer is not surprising.

Jackson was admitted to a Wellington hospital with acute stomach pains and was rushed for surgery. What does this mean for the future of 'The Hobbit'? Jackson's publicist says it ain't no thing: "Sir Peter is currently resting comfortably and his doctors expect him to make a full recovery. 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." Speedy recovery, sir.

'The Hobbit' is the two-part prequel -- shot back to back -- to the 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy and is targeted for a December 2012 and December 2013 release. Several actors from the trilogy will reprise their roles, including Sir Ian McKellen and Andy Serkis as Gandalf and Gollum, respectively. Martin Freeman from BBC's 'The Office' will star as the film's main character, the reluctant hero Bilbo Baggins.

[via Deadline]
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