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HOBBIT Filming Start Delayed Slightly...


Merrick here...

Looks like start of filming on THE HOBBIT will be briefly delayed to allow Sir Peter Jackson time to recover from surgery for a perforated ulcer.  Per Sir Peter's people:  

"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.”

THIS piece in Stuff describes a perforated ulcer as ulcer in the stomach burns completely through the stomach lining, leaving a hole for stomach acid and foods to enter the abdominal cavity.

Considering how hard working Sir Peter is, and how much stress he must've endured getting this ornery production up and running, I'm surprised and impressed (and hope) that a perforated ulcer is all he has. Perhaps you'll join me in wishing him the speediest and mightiest of recoveries...


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  • Jan. 27, 2011, 11:09 a.m. CST

    Oh yeah?

    by Preditor74


  • Jan. 27, 2011, 11:09 a.m. CST


    by ColonelFatheart

    See what you've done, Guillermo!

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 11:13 a.m. CST


    by ByTor

    I had a heart attack and was back at work 48 hours later. Tell PJ to sack up.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 11:15 a.m. CST

    "HOBBIT Filming Start Delayed Slightly"

    by Amazing Maurice

    No Shit.

  • He was cooler when he was fat anyway.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 11:16 a.m. CST

    Acid in the abdominal cavity....

    by lochkray

    Hmmm. That certainly sounds like it would suck. Has kind of an Alien quality to it. Oh well. Get well soon Mr.Jackson.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 11:19 a.m. CST

    I never want to hear a doctor say "perforated" anything to me...

    by WriteForTheEdit

    ...get well soon, dude.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 11:19 a.m. CST

    I know that it's a courtesy to use honorariums...

    by jimmy rabbitte

    but how many times do you have use 'Sir' before a guy's name in such a short statement?

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 11:20 a.m. CST

    Or "prolapsed." That's another word that I hope never describes...

    by WriteForTheEdit

    ...a personal medical condition...

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 11:22 a.m. CST

    Sir Peter??

    by donkey_lasher

    When did Jackson get knighted?

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 11:28 a.m. CST

    Bring on Del Toro for a week or two!

    by Stereotypical Evil Archer

    After all, he helped adapt the story.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 11:31 a.m. CST

    donkey lasher

    by emeraldboy

    its an honourary knighthood. new zealand is a member of the commonwealth. so peter jackson gets a knighthood. when you retire as an mp you get made a lord. gerry adams gets one. he was an mp for 30 years and never once set foot in the house of commons and never once sat in the irish parliament. that is about to change. his title will be used as a stick to beat him with. something that adams knows a lot about. sticks, beating and people

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 11:45 a.m. CST


    by thommcg


  • Jan. 27, 2011, 11:49 a.m. CST

    This film is cursed!

    by sweeneydave

    CURSED I say!!!

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 11:49 a.m. CST

    Damn this is not good

    by pax256

    Perforated ulcers can cause peritonitis. Infection in the abdominal cavity. At that point you can be out for weeks, months...

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 12:08 p.m. CST

    This just in...water is wet!

    by ratfarts

    No #@!^ this film is's 5 years delayed at this point. Nothing but the casting (except for the retreads) has been promising about this movie. Cant' wait to see Legolas body sufing on an eagle at the battle of 5 armies...go PJ and your crazy CG effects!!!

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 12:09 p.m. CST

    as someone who uses the Sir title for many people...

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    I dont like Jackson having it... PS: A FUCKING EYEBALL IS THE MAIN BAD GUY?! GTFOHWTBS!

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Delay does not exist in this dojo

    by Cobra--Kai

    Peter Jackson is just one individual... for my aicn brethren who know more about big shoots such as this, how many people would be working on THE HOBBIT right now in the run up to the shoot? (400 or 500 hundred, guess?)<p> And I bet everyone one of them is saying 'phew' we've got a bit of catch up time to polish up and improve whatever it is we're working on.<p> Hopefully this short delay will result in a better movie.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Get well soon Pete!!!!

    by krod

    ulcers suck

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 12:36 p.m. CST

    This is exactly why fans are so pissed at George R.R. Martin...

    by Snake Foreskin

    Sure, Jackson has a perfed ulcer. What if it had been a stroke? Or a heart attack? No more Jacksonized Hobbit. But you know, George R.R. Martin fans have suffered years of this sort of anxiety due to his own health concerns. Martin was in the hospital around Thanksgiving with a potentially life threatening condition. Did he take it as a sign to get on the ball and finally get Dance of Dragons to his publisher? Apparently not. What kind of crap is that?!! All the fans ask for is a little respite from the agony of suspense. Will Martin finish the series? Will he croak? Will he continue to attend conventions across the fruited plain while people of frail body and mind turn to dust in the wind? If he would just finish the damn Song of Ice and Fire series then people would go back to not giving a damn about him. You know, the way it was before he wrote A Game of Thrones. How dare he continue to live and breathe while those novels remain unfinished! And how dare he be indignant when people ask him to take better care of himself so he won't die before the last books are written. Can you believe he would be offended by that?

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 12:36 p.m. CST

    Hopefully, this delay will mean the production team can work on adding...

    by WriteForTheEdit

    ...some Space Jockeys.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 12:48 p.m. CST

    George R.R. Martin won't finish

    by MattmanReturns

    I hope he's leaving some notes around so someone else can, although that will suck because I like his straightforward writing style.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 12:50 p.m. CST

    Sir Christopher...

    by WriteFromLeft

    ...Lee has also signed on to the project. I'm curious where they'll photograph him, since he's publicly acknowledged that he doesn't feel he tolerate the long flight to New Zealand.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 12:55 p.m. CST

    Get better soon Sir Pete

    by donkingkong

    Yippee we got Hobbit movies coming!

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 12:56 p.m. CST

    I'm offended.

    by TheNotoriousDRB

    Why isn't an Englishman directing this film? Why is Peter Jackson, albeit a subject of the Crown, allowed to direct a film written by someone who is proper English? I'm going to call my sister, and once she figures out what I'm talking about while feigning interest...she's gonna be pissed!

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 12:59 p.m. CST

    Jaden Smith to play a younger Aragorn? WHAT?!?


  • Jan. 27, 2011, 1 p.m. CST

    Willow Smith to play Gollum???? WTF happened to Serkis???


  • Jan. 27, 2011, 1:06 p.m. CST


    by Mark

    How about writing something funny for a change?

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 1:09 p.m. CST

    Can you fly, canuflybobby?


  • Jan. 27, 2011, 1:09 p.m. CST

    thenotoriousdrb: English Police!

    by MattmanReturns

    Brits are so cute. When they get angry you just wanna squeeze em.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 1:10 p.m. CST

    the_choppah isnt as bad as lostboy

    by fat_rancor_keeper

    there's very little he says that doesn't make me want to punch him in the dick.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 1:11 p.m. CST

    Feel better Pete!

    by Darth Thoth

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 1:16 p.m. CST

    Lucas/Jackson Weight

    by SnakesOnABicycle

    Anyone find it odd that these two guys have had similar success with trilogies yet one has gotten fat and the other one skinny? Neither did I!

  • Don't worry guys. I set his ass straight.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 1:24 p.m. CST

    New Zealand is part of the British empire

    by eric haislar

    So yes Peter can get knighted.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 1:24 p.m. CST

    Get well, Peter! Don't worry about a thing!

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    The heavy lifting is already done! "The Lord of the Rings" is complete and nothing can ever take that away from you or the world. "The Hobbit" is just icing on the cake. Relax, brother, and get well!

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 1:45 p.m. CST

    English people can't direct shit

    by A G

    That's why, limey.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 1:52 p.m. CST

    Wow, that article

    by XoanonTORN

    Wow, that article completely ripped off the one I wrote on, right down to the facts about JRRT, word for word rip off... Ah well, we will most likely be covering this to some extent on 'Hobbit in 5' on TORN tomorrow.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 1:52 p.m. CST

    Just call Uwe Bowl to sub for a few weeks.

    by disfigurehead

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 1:58 p.m. CST

    Better yet, Uwe Boll.


    I've never heard of this Uwe "Bowl" character.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 2:01 p.m. CST

    I've had "Uwe Bowl" at my local Korean BBQ.

    by WriteForTheEdit

    It's fucking disgusting.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 2:06 p.m. CST

    I collect 'Uwe Bowls' when I go on trips

    by XoanonTORN

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 2:07 p.m. CST

    another DELAY??????????

    by fat_rancor_keeper


  • Jan. 27, 2011, 2:08 p.m. CST


    by XoanonTORN

    This is a very very short delay, nothing mind-boggling. Peter simply needs a week to mend.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 2:10 p.m. CST

    I call my weener "Sir Peter"

    by Larry Knowles

    But usually I just call him my little Jimmy Johnson.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 2:12 p.m. CST

    What do you call your weener?

    by Larry Knowles

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 2:20 p.m. CST

    Could be a Short delay

    by D o o d

    get it..?

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 2:27 p.m. CST


    by fat_rancor_keeper

    NO! This news was my breaking point, it was the straw that broke the camel's back, it was the deal breaker..................I'M THROUGH GIVING A SHIT ABOUT THIS MOVIE!!!!!!!!!!!! or not....actually I'm fine with this. Can't wait to hear further updates.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 2:31 p.m. CST

    Indeed a g....

    by DrManhattan

    Like such 2 bit limey hacks as... Alfred Hitchcock, Ridley Scott, Chris Nolan, Ken Loach, Danny Boyle, Lindsay Anderson, Alan Parker, John Boorman, Ken Russell, Paul Greengrass, Michael Powell, Tony Scott, Mike Hodges, Sam Mendes, Shane Meadows, Nic Roeg and little old Edgar Wright and Matthew Vaughan... Talentless, dentally challenged fuckwits the lot of 'em!

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 2:34 p.m. CST

    English directors cant direct shit huh?

    by connor187

    Well how about say....Alfred Hitchcock, Ridley Scott, David Lean, Chris Nolan, Charlie Chaplin, Danny Boyle. etc fucking etc! you silly fucking twat! that had the cheek to say that above!

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 2:38 p.m. CST


    by WriteForTheEdit

    "My Precious"

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 2:45 p.m. CST


    by Mullah Omar

    What is the next catastrophe that will plague THE HOBBIT? The hits just keep coming.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 3 p.m. CST

    I Got A Bad Feeling About This . . .


    It's just been one thing after another. I'll be surprised if this movie ever gets made.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 3:01 p.m. CST

    AICN Extra Stuff Script Update . . .


    OT: Anyone (I know there are a few of you) who uses my AICN Extra Stuff script, I've updated it enough so that it works with the recent under-the-hood site changes, but not other updates. But that's something . . .

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 3:15 p.m. CST

    by XoanonTORN

    They're filming next month, the gang of Dwarves and Martin Freeman are currently in town working together. It's getting made.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 3:18 p.m. CST

    @xoanontorn: I


  • But so far the luck has been very, very bad. Hope you're right, of course.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 3:30 p.m. CST

    guess the first half will be a 2015 release

    by sith_rising

    I don't care, take your time with it. don't fuck up the goblins, the battle of 5 armies, make the bear look believable, get the right voice for Smaug and try to top Dragonslayer (don't worry, you won't be able to, but try), make the dwarf soldiers cool and filthy, give us good cameos (I don't give a shit anymore), make the spiders scarier than Shelob or Aragog, give us more information and scenes with Gandalf, the Council, and the Necromancer... just make it good. I'll wait another year.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 3:46 p.m. CST

    by warneford87

    "per sir peters peoples". Per sir peetles peepers? Wot about sir peters PERforated teabags? Sir peters peoples purr? How about sir percy's steeple? Hmm.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 3:54 p.m. CST

    Have Andrew Adamson on hand...

    by performingmonkey

    Seriously, I really hope nothing else happens to Peter, that his health apart from this ulcer is pretty good, but if it's gonna affect the guy so much please get in another director, at least to co-direct. Andrew Adamson? Alfonso Cuaron? Peter Weir? Del Toro (oh wait...), Terry Gilliam? I would hate Peter to run himself into the ground over this project.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 4:27 p.m. CST

    "Sir Peter"?

    by Le Grande Zombi

    Puhlease... I'm actually, believe it or not, with choppah on one thing: Jackson was much more likable (and a much better director) ten + years ago when he was fat. Since losing all that weight, Jackson looks... just sickly. And perpetually haggard and pissed off.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 4:28 p.m. CST

    Take it easy, Sir Pete!

    by PorkChopXpress

    Swift recovery, looking forward to a return to Middle Earth with the original team at the helm. I was holding my breath with Del Toro in the director's chair...

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 5:20 p.m. CST


    by Chris

    J. R. R. Tolkien (1892–1973, aged 81) suffered from a perforated ulcer and died on September 2, 1973.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 5:21 p.m. CST

    Touch my sack.

    by SnootyBoots

    Touch it.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 5:37 p.m. CST

    le grande stalker is all over my nuts again.


    He can't resist the CHOPPAH charm. Or is it a she?

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 6:03 p.m. CST

    peptic ulcers are not caused by stress.

    by ufoclub1977

    that was a major breakthrough in the late 80's, that the majority are caused by a bacteria, and could be treated. Before that, it was a common perception that they were caused by stress. But people also though the world was flat, and that gorillas were a myth.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 6:12 p.m. CST

    Top 5 Hobbit themed names for your weener

    by Larry Knowles

    #1) My Precious - by writefortheedit #2) Ballbo Baggins - by me #3) #4) #5) Also a lot of people have been asking if the login "larryknowles" is actually Harry. No. But Harry is my brother. He just doesn't have anything to do with me becuase we had a nasty falling out when we were teenagers.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 6:13 p.m. CST

    second that! Peptic ulcers are not caused by stress.

    by nietzschebot

    Usually, they become serious if symptoms are ignored and antibiotics are not taken. Like a distance runners ignore leg pain, I'm sure creatively persistent individuals like Jackson ignore stomach pain. But he has to be careful. A checkup and a couple of weeks worth of pills beats the hospital every time.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 6:14 p.m. CST

    Gorillas can also be cured by antibiotics

    by nietzschebot

    If taken in sufficient dosages.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 6:19 p.m. CST

    That happens when you lose 400 pounds in a month.

    by ROBRAM89

    We've known the man is dissolving from the inside out for quite some time now.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 6:29 p.m. CST

    #3....the larch

    by ratfarts

    How about some name for your weener that uses the name Thorin Oakenshield...gotta be something that can be done with that

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 6:36 p.m. CST

    I'll call mine Grond


    ..or maybe Treebeard.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 6:37 p.m. CST


    by ratfarts

    That is the best one by far!

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 6:41 p.m. CST

    Re: Hobbit-themed junk nicks

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Larry K., I'm surprised you didn't get more replies on that. Seems like an invitation more would have accepted. But I appreciate the recognition, good sir.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 6:46 p.m. CST

    Re: Treebeard

    by WriteForTheEdit

    Those are my pubes...

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 7:53 p.m. CST

    the cure

    by thecrazyarmenian

    Sir Peter, please spend a day reading the source material, in Bag End, with a bit o' pipe weed. Repeat as necessary. I truly hope you are able to enjoy filming the most anticipated movie of the decade. I wish you all the best!

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 7:55 p.m. CST

    Instant Karma...

    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    ...saving the world from a cinematic supervolcano of suckitude. Or at least delaying it, anyway.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 7:57 p.m. CST


    by HarryKnowlesNonExistentInceptionReview

    Who the fuck over 5 years old still calls it that anyway? BTW, I prefer to call mine, "The Kraken".

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 8:33 p.m. CST

    Get better PJ

    by mserenity1

    You rock

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 9:21 p.m. CST

    This flick seems to be cursed

    by KilliK

    too many delays and problems and the shooting hasnt even started.either it is going to be a cinematic disaster or break BO records.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 9:23 p.m. CST tx for the updated script

    by KilliK

    i would have stopped visiting the upgraded AICN without your script.tx again.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 10:02 p.m. CST

    Can we just get the fucking EE's on Blu Ray already!!?

    by FilmGuy125

    Ya know, to pass the time?

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 10:06 p.m. CST

    A scientific/medical correction...

    by tritium

    Ulcers are NOT caused by "stress". It has been known since the early 1980's that the vast majority of peptic ulcers (70 - 90%) are caused by a bacterium, Helicobacter pylori. The remaining percentage of ulcers are attributed to NSAID anti-inflamatory drugs, or malignancies. Stress and diet are complications that may play a part in promoting H. pylori growth and activity, but are not in and of themselves the causitive agents.

  • Jan. 27, 2011, 11:46 p.m. CST

    I rather he produced Black Sheep II.

    by cookylamoo

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 12:04 a.m. CST

    Bad Taste 2 immediately. WTF?

    by UltraTron

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 12:13 a.m. CST

    God clearly dosen't want this movie made. Let's honor thy God.

    by Onin Solstice

    So with so many stops and starts this movie is becoming the little prequel that could. But should? Maybe. Maybe not. Something rotten could be coming our way via Middle-Earth. Maybe Guillermo saw where this was going and bailed. Let's heed the warning signs, people!

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 12:41 a.m. CST

    Nah, Grond is the weiner

    by Star Hump

    Grond, the battering ram of love. The obvious choice.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 2:23 a.m. CST

    Will this fucking movie ever get made?

    by goatherdingclownhunter

    I am sort of excited for it, but what with all the delays, and the strange prospect of seeing lots of non-Hobbit characters from LotR make appearances...I don't know. I have become tired of thinking about what this film ultimately may become.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 2:33 a.m. CST


    by Timothy_Olyphants_Oliphaunt

    Orthanc? The Lidless Eye? The Cave Troll? The Ballrog? Pinas Tirith? Tom Bombadildo? Wormtongue? Okay, I'm done now.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 7:24 a.m. CST

    Abdominal Cavity's Gotta Eat!!!

    by SydBarretsMyDad

    oh god i crack myself up

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 7:24 a.m. CST

    Christopher Lee

    by The Awfulism

    'has been in talks to reprise his role as the wizard Saruman and it now looks certain, providing that he is in good health, that he will be appearing in the movie' Hope so.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 9:34 a.m. CST

    For all the latest Hobbit News

    by XoanonTORN

    Hobbit in 5 on TORN

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 10:39 a.m. CST


    by XoanonTORN

    Peter has been knighted, so, yes he is a 'Sir' now.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 10:46 a.m. CST

    Sir Peter

    by The Awfulism

    ..but he's foreign, so he can't be referred to as 'Sir'. Like 'Sir' Bob Geldof. I thought those were the rules

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 11:28 a.m. CST

    Sir Peter Jackson?

    by BilboRing

    LOL. Sir this. Sir that. There are no more knights just like there are no more cowboys. Get a fucking life people! People wearing cowboy hats are assholes playing make believe. Can I wear a pirates hat then? Or a knights helm? It's like offering a moron actor a doctorate from the college they attended because they can play dress up and memorize a few lines.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 11:31 a.m. CST

    Mine is called Gollum

    by BilboRing

    Because it likes to hide in dark wet caves.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, noon CST

    Lawks! What's next, a dwarf union strike?

    by Michael Tyree

    Poor PJ, will he ever get this thing off the ground?

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 12:17 p.m. CST

    Re: Hobbit-themed junk nicks

    by Michael Tyree

    My junk is frequently called...Beater.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 12:55 p.m. CST

    Evil Forces

    by Flame_Imperishable

    It's the dark lord's work, I tell ya!

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 1:16 p.m. CST

    Dwarves on strike

    by Flame_Imperishable

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 1:26 p.m. CST

    He accidentally swallowed a Hobbit, didn't he?

    by trekguy1966

    It is really easy to do with those little bastards running all over the place, completely full of themselves because of the title of the movie. One trips over a loose rug and down he goes, right down your throat. Oh, sure, at first, you think it is just a fly or a mosquito that flew in there, but then you find a piece of foot hair stuck in your teeth and you know what happened. Jackson was lucky.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 1:44 p.m. CST

    Dwarves on strike!

    by Flame_Imperishable

    Demands PJ cut Balin buggering Bilbo scenes.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 2:33 p.m. CST

    Dwarves on strike!

    by Michael Tyree

    Demands PJ prohibit ANY Poofty Elvish Singing when they are on the set.

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 2:45 p.m. CST

    Dwarves on strike!

    by Flame_Imperishable

    Demands Balin spit not swallow

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 8:54 p.m. CST

    Do people really call him Sir Peter nowadays?

    by Yelsaeb

    That'd get annoying as crap really fast. What's wrong with just calling him Pete?

  • Jan. 28, 2011, 11:02 p.m. CST

    Perforated ulcer...

    by donxavier

    Maybe its really Tolkein communicating from beyond the grave, saying "please stop wrecking my books you pandering hack."

  • Feb. 7, 2011, 7:21 p.m. CST


    by Keith

    "Brits are so cute. When they get angry you just wanna squeeze em." When they seem to be getting angry, they're actually conducting an exercise in irony at a cultural meta-level, to test you.

  • Feb. 7, 2011, 7:26 p.m. CST


    by Keith

    "that was a major breakthrough in the late 80's, that the majority are caused by a bacteria, and could be treated." Although it was two Australian blokes who discovered it, and banned the cure from being given to New Zealanders due to the rugby rivalry.

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 1:28 p.m. CST

    Plumps PJ's Pillows

    by PickingNits

    Resting comfortably now? Good. Meds working? Nice. Now about that Figwit cameo....

  • Feb. 8, 2011, 1:34 p.m. CST


    by PickingNits

    So PJ's *The Hobbit: A Musical* is a deal breaker for you?