Dreamworks Pictures has released the first trailer for Peter Jackson‘s big screen adaptation of The Lovely Bones . The trailer will be attached to Julie & Julia, which hits theaters this Friday. But you can watch it on your small screen at home right now. The film looks beautifully shot and visually stunning. There are many hints of possible Award nominations, which may come year end. Stanley Tucci looks creepy, and Saoirse Ronan looks the exact opposite. Overall, I feel like the story is not an easy sell, and in an effort to get audiences excited, may have given a lot of the movie away. I haven’t read the book, so I could be completely wrong.
Update: I’ve been informed by Elisabeth Rappe that the trailer shows the first chapter and a “dash of the middle” with “some major twists in the book that aren’t even hinted at.” For those concerned that the mystery of whodunit is revealed in the trailer, it is revealed at the beginning of the story. The movie is not a whodunit mystery.
Watch the trailer now linked after the jump. And as always, leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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Entertainment Tonight will be premiering the first trailer for Peter Jackson‘s big screen adaptation of The Lovely Bones on Tuesday, August 4th. The trailer will be attached to Julie & Julia, which hits theaters this Friday. On Monday, ET ran one of those 30-second first look sneak previews, complete with loud blabbering annoying voice over. If it wasn’t an anticipated film, I’d tell you to skip it, but I just got done watching it three times in a row.
The preview gives you a first look at the very surreal look of “heaven,” which doesn’t look much like the heaven we normally imagine. While at Comic-Con, I had the opportunity to see an extended trailer/promo reel that was put together for studio people and exhibitors. Unfortunately, I screened the trailer on the hectic first day of Comic Con, in-between seeing District 9 and running to a screening of Ninja Assassin, and really don’t remember much about it — other than the footage looked beautiful.
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Those of you who stepped out and snapped up the 20th Anniversary issue of Empire will already have seen the latest – and indeed, greatest – images from Peter Jackson‘s The Lovely Bones. For those of you no lucky enough to live ‘over here’, the good news is that some industrious souls have scanned those pages and posted them online.
After the break, a look at a couple of these images – but, really, do seriously consider shelling out for the actual magazine. For one thing, there’s so much in there, and only a certain amount of it is going to ever roll up online.
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Empire has debuted a photo of actress Saoirse Ronan in the role of Susie Salmon for Peter Jackson‘s upcoming film, The Lovely Bones. Based on the best-selling book by Alice Sebold, The Lovely Bones tells the story of Susie Salmon, a 14-year-old girl from suburban Pennsylvania who is murdered by her neighbor. She tells the story from Heaven, showing the lives of the people around her and how they have changed, all while attempting to get someone to find her lost body. Mark Wahlberg is playing the role of Susie’s father, Jack Salmon, after “creative differences” caused Ryan Gosling’s departure. Rachel Weisz plays Abigail Salmon, Susie’s mother.
This photo is interesting because it shows the film’s version of Heaven. Reportedly, Jackson and his art director clashed on set over how best to depict the ethereal location, so much so that it even caused the production to stop filming last May. So, what do you think of the photo? Does it look like everything you imagined Heaven to be? Head on over to Empire to see the image in all its high-resolution glory.
Update [Peter Sciretta]: Peter Jackson tells USA Today tonight: “It’s God-less in the sense that when Susie dies, she finds herself caught in a place between Earth and heaven — she is in an ‘In-Between,’ as Alice Sebold calls it.” The newspaper also offers a second photo from the film, of Stanley Tucci as George Harvey, who is the culprit. Check out the second photo after the jump.
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Yesterday word leaked onto the interwebs that Peter Jackson and one of his art directors have been supposedly duking it out over the depiction of heaven in The Lovely Bones. The film tells the story of a 14-year-old girl, raped, murdered, and dismembered by a neighbor, who watches from a personalized heaven as her family and friends deal with their grief. So it’s obviously a huge portion of the film. Now our friends at BadandUgly are reporting that the film has been pushed back from it’s announced March 13th release date until a FALL 2009 TBA slot. It looks like the situation might be actually worse than we first believed.
Pardon the Christopher Guestish humor in this situation, but Flicks.Co.NZ is reporting that Peter Jackson and one of his art directors are in a big tiff on the set of The Lovely Bones. Why? Because they can’t agree on the film adaptation’s notion of Heaven. Filming has temporarily stopped until The Pearly Gates, a major aspect/set in the film, meets Jackson’s satisfaction. “More clouds I say!” Crew is said to be on an extended break for cigarettes and GTA4.
You may recall that Jackson had a prior creative difference when he replaced Ryan Gosling, who had gone pudgy for a major role, with Mark Wahlberg. And recently, Susan Sarandon offered a little creative dissonance while on the Speed Racer red carpet to Empire…
“Peter Jackson is really a nice guy and very interesting. It was really a very different way of working. We had a good time, I’m really curious to see what it’s like because he 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.”
Sarandon went on to say that her character, Grandma Lynn, didn’t seem like a “real grandmother,” and seemed more like an alcoholic, tacky caricature there to serve comic relief. So, does this all equal another case of the trendy “complicated birthing process” or is it a troubling sign of things to come for the actual film? As long as Heaven doesn’t resemble a wet hallucination straight out of What Dreams May Come, I’d say Jackson is undeserving of the nickname “Cloudy Killjoy.”
Discuss: What cinematic heaven met your personal VIP standards? I’d have to default and go with Bernie’s MO in A Weekend at Bernie’s.
Last week Paramount and Fox announced major post-writers strike schedule shuffles. I speculated that because of ‘the rule of threes’, that one more studio would announce a reshuffled calendar by Friday. And here we are on Wednesday, with a bunch of new dates from Disney. Let’s take a look at the new Disney schedule:
The big screen adaptation of the popular video game Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, has been moved forward from mid-June to July 10th 2009. Michael Bay’s Transformers 2 hits theaters two weeks earlier on June 26th. Disney believes they will make more at the box office with the head start.
The sci-fi adventure comedy sequel/remake Race to Witch Mountain starring The Rock will hit theaters on March 13th 2009, up against Peter Jackson’s adaptation of The Lovely Bones.
Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland 3-D will hit theaters a week later on March 19th 2010.
The Jonathan Mostow Sci-fi action adaptation The Surrogates starring Bruce Willis has been given a holiday release: November 20th 2009. The film with counter DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon. Set in a future world where humans live in isolation and interact through surrogate robot avatars, a cop (Willis) is forced to leave his home for the first time in years in order to investigate a murder mystery.
The Wild Hogs sequel titled Old Dogs starring John Travolta, Robin Williams and Seth Green, has been pushed back from a 2008 TBA to April 10th 2009. The original film was released in March, so it’s likely that Disney didn’t want to deviate from the marketing formula. Dogs will go up against Paramount’s RenÃ©e Zellweger horror/thriller Case 39.
The Hannah Montana Movie will now counter Fox’s comic book prequel X-Men Origins: Wolverine on May 1st 2009. This means that Disney’s animated 3D movie G-Force had to be moved to July 24th. Not a great date considering that it will now go head to head with New Line’s animated Planet 51 and The Weinstein Co’s horror remake Piranha 3D.
The big screen adaptation of Confessions of a Shopaholic starring Isla Fisher has been bumped from it’s October 9th 2008 date to a prime 2009 Valentine’s Day release. In effect, the Sandra Bullock/Ryan Reynolds romantic comedy The Proposal will now get a September 25th release.
Peter Jackson’s adaptation of Alice Sebold best-selling novel The Lovely Bones is preparing to shoot in the MacDade Mall in Ridley Township, Pennsylvania. The production is transforming the location into a 1970’s shopping mall for the project. J.M. (Janetjunkie1) was able to snap a few photos of the recreations of the 70’s era mall stores. 15 more photos after the jump.
Mark Wahlberg, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci and Rachel Weisz star in the film, which is set to hit theaters on March 13th 2009.
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Paramount Pictures has announced domestic release dates for Peter Jackson‘s next film and the upcoming live-action G.I. Joe feature film, and Fox has set a date for Marley and Me. Let’s take a look into the future, so get out your calendars.
Peter Jackson‘s adaptation of Alice Sebold’s best selling novel The Lovely Bones will hit theaters on March 13th 2009. The Lovely Bones is the story of a 14-year-old girl from suburban Pennsylvania who is murdered by her neighbor. She tells the story from Heaven, showing the lives of the people around her and how they have changed all while attempting to get someone to find her lost body. Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon and Stanley Tucci star. The movie is currently in production.
Stephen Sommers’ live-action big budget G.I. Joe movie gets a late Summer 2009 date: August 7th 2009. No casting announcements have been made. Tony Scott’s adaptation of The Taking of Pelham 123, starring Denzel Washington and John Travolta, is also scheduled for the same release date.
It is also worth noting that Fox2000’s adaptation of Marley and Me has been scheduled for a December 19th 2008 release. Based on the memoir by John Grogan, Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson star in the story of a family that learns important life lessons from their adorable, but naughty and neurotic dog.
Yesterday we reported that Mark Wahlberg had replaced Ryan Gosling in Peter Jackson’s big screen adaptation of The Lovely Bones, just hours before the movie began production. The full details of why the last minute change was made, had not been revealed, until now. According to the Los Angeles Times, Gosling’s weight gain was too much for the Lord of the Rings director.
Gosling showed up to start work “looking like he’d donned a fat suit.” The actor had told Jackson that he was going to “gain some weight to age himself up to play the part,” but the result was far from expected.
“Jackson was still expecting some movie star allure – not paunch and a beard.”
New York Post’s Page Six has a different take, claiming that Gosling’s demanding and controlling attitude led to the actor’s replacement. According to the gossip column:
“‘Peter couldn’t stand Ryan,’ said one source. Though Variety reported that Gosling had “stepped down” and was replaced by Mark Wahlberg, our source said, ‘Ryan cut his own hair, and was fighting with wardrobe. He was so demanding . . . Peter booted him two days before filming started.'”
Gosling is a great actor, with a lot of potential, but it seems like he’s letting the critical acclaim get to his head. A director directs, and an actor acts.