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NY Magazine Already Panning The Lovely Bones

Last week I brought you the news that Peter Jackson has written a screenplay adaptation of Alice Sebold's novel The Lovely Bones, a story told from the viewpoint of a 14-year-old girl who was raped and murdered. All Jackson neeeded was a studio to give him the money — and a lot of it. Variety claims the budget for Bones could run close to $90 million. Well, Jackson got someone to bite: DreamWorks.

So what will $90 million get you? New York Magazine has already reviewed Jackson's screenplay and the verdict is not great. Noting Jackson's successful fantasy-drama Heavenly Creatures, the New York Magazine writer figured The Lovely Bones would be equally promising. Not so, apparently.

Jackson doesn't get into Susie's head the way he did Pauline and Juliet's, and the incursion of the supernatural into everyday life feels showy rather than integral. The fantasy scenes in Heavenly Creatures were momentous, despite the shakiness of the special effects; though it's certain that the effects in The Lovely Bones will be brilliant, the scenes in Heaven, and Susie's interaction with Earth, don't have much magic on the page.

It certainly seems premature to dis on a movie that has a long way to go before it's a presentable film ready for critique, though I can't deny this article makes me slightly nervous for The Lovely Bones.

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andaman andaman 10 years
Come to think of it, did peter write the lord of the ring himself? Perhaps he struggles with drama but not action?
andaman andaman 10 years
Well adaptation is hard work, If he has never done it before then it's not a surprise why it sucks, i wish he employs someone to visit the writing properly. He should get that guy who did the queen. That guy has a good theory in his head how visual should work.
chancleta chancleta 10 years
i started the book but it killed me to finish...however i'm interested to see the movie...i really wanna see what they do for heaven
blogsap blogsap 10 years
i feel like a person missing a sensitivity chip. i didn't love the book. and as far as a movie goes, all i can picture is ghost.
Megatron Megatron 10 years
I love that book, I have kinda mixed feelings about it being turned into a movie, though.
xxbrittney xxbrittney 10 years
i'm really looking forward to this movie and i'm keepin my fingers crossed that jackson gives it the justice it more than deserves
bugness bugness 10 years
Dakota Fanning? please no... she is so desperately not susie... -Bug
lickety-split lickety-split 10 years
to early to say either way, but i would expect a few re writes and changes along the way. i hear a dakota fanning voice over....
bugness bugness 10 years
I felt uneasy the moment I heard he was doing this film. Not that I dislike Peter Jackson, but feeling immensely close to this book, I was worried that it wouldn't be done justice in a movie. -Bug
brokenbracelet brokenbracelet 10 years
I loved that book so much! It really stayed with me for months and months afterwards
redsox26 redsox26 10 years
love that book. But I don't know if I can picture it being a movie.
Justinsbelle Justinsbelle 10 years
I would love to see a movie based on this novel! One of my favorites books of all time! f sexy never left, then why's everybody on my shit?
calibabi calibabi 10 years
this is a fantastic novel...i hope that a movie can do it justice.
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