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Director Peter Jackson has been released from a New Zealand hospital after undergoing surgery for a perforated ulcer, Entertainment Weekly reports.

Peter Jackson undergoes surgery; production on The Hobbit delayed

Jackson, 49, underwent the procedure on Jan. 26 and will continue his recovery at home.

The Academy Award-winning director of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King begins production next month on an adaptation of The Hobbit.