Jackson’s Lovely Bones Reaches an Impasee

Peter JacksonIf there’s any director working today who should know what Heaven is all about, it’s Peter Jackson, right? Well, according to Flicks.co.nz, that point is definitely debatable.

Apparently filming on Jackson’s adaptation of Alice Sebold’s acclaimed first novel The Lovely Bones has shut down as a result of the all-too-familiar “creative differences” excuse. According to the site, production has stalled “due to a rift between the big man and his art director over the best way to depict Heaven. Given that a large portion of film takes place in that very location, with main character Susie Salmon looking down on her family after her murder, this seems a crucial point of difference.

Our readers may recall this isn’t the first bit of trouble to affect the project. Just days before shooting got under way in Wellington, original star Ryan Gosling was replaced by Mark Wahlberg. And that’s not all. At the recent London premiere of Speed Racer, Susan Sarandon, who plays an alcoholic grandmother in the film, had this to say about her character: “She doesn’t really seem like a real grandmother because she has a lot of hair and jewellery [sic] and nails and liquor. I don’t think I ever talk without a cigarette and a drink in my hand. Peter … kept pushing me to be more and more extreme, and sometimes that’s when you make your big mistakes so I’m not sure how it will come off – it will be interesting to see it from the point of view of the audience.” Not the most ringing endorsement I’ve ever heard!

Despite these setbacks, I have the utmost faith in Jackson and hope things get squared away with The Lovely Bones soon. Keep it here for more as it comes.

Debi Moore

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  • Johnny Butane

    Dark is right, that’s just how the character is in the book, and it’s for a good reason, too. I hope this gets straightened out soon, but I have to agree that deciding how heaven will look is a HUGE part of the story…

  • Mr. Dark

    Makes me wonder whether Sarandon read the book. The grandmother IS extreme and over-the-top. It’s her coping mechanism. And, frankly, it looks like grandmas from that period (the book is set in the 70’s) had that in common. I know my Nano (mom’s mom) reminded me a LOT of Susie’s, minus the alcohol and cigarettes.

    I trust Peter here, but most importantly I trust Fran. It was her who nailed the relationships in the LOTR movies, and Lovely Bones is all about relationships. That said, it is NOT an ultra-realistic, gritty story. It’s a fanciful story that very much feels like it’s being told by a girl forever 14.

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  • PelusaMG

    Is that horror news or horrible news?