Beefs with unions, endless delays, a famed director jumping ship, the bankruptcy filing of its studio, complaints from hardcore fans about the time-shifting casting of famous characters and, now, emergency surgery for its creative mastermind/director. Is “The Hobbit” the latest Hollywood epic to be plagued by the cinematic boogeyman?
There’s a long tradition of major pictures falling prey to an endless succession of bad luck, bizarre accidents and a seeming black cloud hanging over them. Peter Jackson’s two-part prequel to his billion-dollar “Lord of the Rings” franchise appears to be the latest entry in the club you never want to join. Production on the first film in the prequel pair was delayed this week when Jackson required emergency surgery for a perforated ulcer.
Thankfully, he’s resting now and is expected to make a full, fast recovery. But following the departure last year of director Guillermo del Toro and the myriad other issues that have hit the project, we wondered where “The Hobbit” fits in the pantheon of spooked flicks?
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