After "Halo" was canned and then New Line decided to do the Hobbit without him, fanboy-turned filmmaking-icon Peter Jackson has finally found a home with Dreamworks for his next gig.
Variety reports that Jackson has struck a deal with Dreamworks for a big screen adaptation of Alice Sebold's best-selling 2002 tome "The Lovely Bones."
Stacey Snider, CEO and Co-Chairman of DreamWorks Studios, said, "We are thrilled that DreamWorks Studios has been able to acquire the film rights to this story that has captivated so many people. In the hands of Peter Jackson, we have a master of cinematic storytelling to bring it to the screen."
Steven Spielberg said "When you read an emotionally magical story that cries out to be turned into a major motion picture, you hope its winding path can find its way to the door of your own company. Peter Jackson has made this possible and I am so grateful to him, Fran and Film 4 for giving The Lovely Bones a home at DreamWorks.”
So what is The Lovely Bones about?
Dreamworks explains it in a nutshell:
The Lovely Bones tells the story of Susie Salmon who's murdered but continues to observe her family on Earth after her death. Although she is detached from the world she once knew, Susie witnesses the impact of her loss on her loved ones, whilst her killer skillfully covers his tracks and prepares to murder again. In a tone that is both emotionally truthful, and darkly humorous, Susie tries to balance her desire for vengeance against the love she feels for her family and her need to see them heal; and ultimately comes to understand that the concept of family can encompass both the living and the dead.Jackson is set to begin production in October in Pennsylvania and New Zealand (big surprise there) from a script he co-wrote with "Lord of the Rings" collaborators Philippa Boyens and Fran Walsh. Paramount, which owns DreamWorks, will distribute "Bones" worldwide.
Expect the release date to be somewhere in the fourth quarter of 2008.