Peter Jackson: ‘Hobbit’ Will Start Filming on March 21

Recovering from ulcer surgery, filmmaker says he's back on track and so is his long-anticipated MGM fantasy-film production

Peter Jackson is apparently on the mend from ulcer surgery and ready to start shooting "The Hobbit" on March 21.

"Despite some delays, we are fully back on track and very excited to get started," read a statement put out through the filmmaker's production company, 3Foot7 Ltd.

"This date has been chosen following practical considerations of the filming schedule requirements, actor availability and the (New Zealand) seasons," the statement added. "Shooting will take place at Stone Street Studios in Miramar and on location around New Zealand."