December 16, 2009 |
"The Lovely Bones" has all the adornments of a prestige drama aimed at adults. It was made by an Oscar-winning director, adapted from an acclaimed novel and features weighty subject matter. Given that pedigree, Paramount Pictures was stunned to discover that the film's most promising target audience is teen and college-aged girls. Directed by Peter Jackson and based on Alice Sebold's bestselling 2002 novel, "The Lovely Bones" tells the tale of a 14-year-old girl who is raped and murdered, then watches over her family and killer from the afterlife.
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.
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?