Director Peter Jackson and his screenwriter wife Fran Walsh will follow up this year's (05) King Kong re-make with a screen adaptation of ALICE SEBOLD's best-selling novel THE LOVELY BONES.

American movie trade publication DAILY VARIETY reports the OSCAR-winners used their own money to buy the feature film rights to the grim tale from British production company FilmFour.

The 2002 book is narrated from heaven by a 14-year-old girl who has been raped and murdered, as she follows the lives of those left behind to deal with the tragedy. Jackson and Walsh will begin adapting the screenplay with their partner Philippa Boyens next January (06), and will promote the project to studios when it is finished.

Jackson says, "It's the best kind of fantasy in that it has a lot to say about the real world. You have an experience when you read the book that is unlike any other. I don't want the tone or the mood to be different or lost in the film."

18/01/2005 21:29