July 13, 2007 |
Move over, Linda Blair and Dakota Fanning. Newcomer Saoirse Ronan has been cast as Susie Salmon in Peter Jackson's adaptation of "The Lovely Bones." The latest entry in a canon of high-profile and disturbing film roles for young girls is that of 14-year-old Salmon, who is raped and murdered by a seemingly friendly neighbor in the haunting bestseller by Long Beach author Alice Sebold. Salmon observes her family after her death as they work through various stages of grief.
July 28, 2007 |
Susan Sarandon, a grandma? The 60-year-old Academy Award-winning actress has signed on to play Grandma Lynn in Peter Jackson's film version of Alice Sebold's bestselling novel, "The Lovely Bones." The film tells the story of 14-year-old Susie Salmon, who's murdered by a neighbor but then watches her family cope with the tragedy from heaven. Newcomer Saoirse Ronan plays Susie, while Academy Award nominee Ryan Gosling and Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz play her grieving parents.
May 2, 2007 |
Dark adult dramas are highly risky bets, but four major studios are clamoring to pay a premium for Peter Jackson's next movie, "The Lovely Bones." Sony Pictures, Warner Bros., Universal Pictures and DreamWorks SKG have each put a bid on the table to finance Jackson's costly screen adaptation of Alice Sebold's 2004 best-seller about the aftermath of the rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl who narrates the story from heaven.
May 5, 2007 |
Steven Spielberg has finally landed "The Lovely Bones." After years of pursuing the movie rights to Alice Sebold's 2004 bestseller, the DreamWorks SKG co-founder won a bidding war Friday to finance the movie, to be directed by Peter Jackson of "The Lord of the Rings" fame. This ends a weeklong negotiation. Three other major studios -- Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures and Warner Bros. -- also vied for the right to bankroll Jackson's next movie.
December 30, 2009 |
In Alice Sebold's bestselling book "The Lovely Bones," after 14-year-old Susie Salmon is raped and murdered by her next-to-door neighbor, she ends up in the afterworld, not quite heaven, but a sort of cosmic way station that looks much like Susie's old terrestrial stomping grounds -- a typical American suburb, with a junior high school, subdivisions and a mall. In Peter Jackson's film version of "The Lovely Bones," currently in L.A. theaters, Susie's netherworld is an extension of her subconscious, full of trippy dream imagery of extraordinary mountains and forest, giant oversized camellias, mammoth boats in glass bottles and a spooky gazebo in a field of corn.
May 29, 2007 |
THIS is a tale of two scripts, one that sold for a ton of money, one that remains twisting in the wind. Both are beautifully written, but in Hollywood, while scripts are prized for great writing, they must also give a studio chief enough ammunition to comfortably answer the question: If I spend $100 million on this, will I be bankrolling a big hit, not a colossal failure?