In a way, Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold’s 2002 novel about a murdered young girl who observes her family from heaven, is a perfect fit for director Peter Jackson.
It returns him to a smaller film universe. Now that he finally got his King Kong fetish out of the way it’ll be nice to see him direct something similar to his haunting film Heavenly Creatures. The production will be in the $65 million range and Jackson has just locked down his first actor.
Oscar-winner Rachel Weisz, last seen in The Fountain, will star as the mother of the deceased girl. In the film version, the mother’s role will be expanded. Filming will begin this October in Pennslyvania and then in New Zealand.
On a related note, both of Alice Sebold’s books, The Lovely Bones and Lucky are highly recommended. Especially her memoir Lucky. Sebold recounts the painful experience of being raped her freshman year at Syracuse University and her battle to come to terms with it and punish her attacker. It’ll rip your heart out and put it back together again.
It should come as no surprise we’re highly anticipating the release of Sebold’s latet novel, The Almost Moon, on Oct. 16