Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson has undergone surgery for a perforated ulcer in his native New Zealand.
Publicist Melissa Booth said Jackson was admitted to Wellington Hospital suffering from severe stomach pains and is now recovering from surgery.
She said Jackson was resting comfortably and is expected to make a full recovery.
Jackson’s illness will delay the start of filming for The Hobbit, the two-part prequel to the Lord of the Rings trilogy. The films are based on the novels by JRR Tolkien.