Peter Jackson Shops His 'Bones'
Everybody can get in on the bidding. Except for New Line.
Multiple-Oscar winner Peter Jackson's adaptation of Alice Sebold's "The Lovely Bones" is ready to go into production. Now all he needs is a studio.
According to Variety, the "Lovely Bones" script by Jackson, Philippa Boyens and Fran Walsh went out to studios on Monday (April 30). The "Lord of the Rings" team took the unusual (for a filmmaking group of this stature) step of adapting Sebold's acclaimed bestseller on spec, in order to develop the project on their own pace rather going by a studio's timetable.
It shouldn't be surprising that every major studio in town received the script on Monday. Every major studio, that is, except for New Line. The studio that bankrolled the "Lord of the Rings" films was excluded due to the increasingly acrimonious disagreements with Jackson's Wingnut films over royalties from the franchise. New Line co-head Bob Shaye has been very public about his refusal to let Jackson be involved with a possible "Hobbit" adaptation under his watch.
In addition to the majors, Jackson and company also reportedly sent scripts to several smaller companies including Tom Cruise and Paula Wagner's United Artists.
As of Monday evening, the bidding had yet to begin in earnest.
Sebold's book tells the story of a 14-year-old girl who was raped and murdered and yet still looks down on her family, her loved ones and her killer from above.