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« Reply #15 on: July 31, 2006, 11:43:42 am »
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I loved this book.  I really hope Viggo gets the part of Susie's father because I think he'd be perfect.  As for Elijah playing Mr Harvey - well I always imagined Mr Harvey to be older than Elijah and what's more I would hate to see Elijah playing another killer.  Dakota Fanning will be about the right age to play Susie by the time filming starts but she looks young for her age.  Even so, she is a brilliant actress so I'm sure she'd be good in the role.
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« Reply #16 on: August 01, 2006, 03:16:47 pm »
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Quote from: Joanie on July 03, 2006, 06:23:06 am   

Interesting casting indeed!!  I tried to read this book a while back, but had to stop because it was very disturbing for me.  I have a daughter that age and it bothered me so just couldn't continue it.

However, a friend has given me a copy recently so I'm going to try and pick it up again, get past the "tough" parts and see how the rest of it plays out. 


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As a person who has dealt with certain aspects of this story in real life, I can tell you that it is still sitting on my night stand with 50% of it read.  It is very, very difficult for me to read this.  Don't get me wrong, it's an excellent book but I'm with you, it is most definitely disturbing.  This is why I take great issue with the idea of Elijah playing the role of the rapist/killer.  Granted, rumors about casting really have not pin pointed him as even a possibility however, I get sick thinking about it.  I do realize he is an actor and he "acts" for these roles.  This is his job--and his choice on which roles he picks but...as stupid as it seems (I know most of you will understand this) if I've had a bad day, I can always come home, curl up on the couch and watch an Elijah movie and not that it "makes it all better" it just sends me elsewhere for a little.  I don't know that I'd ever be able to see it (with or without him).  I know it's being quite selfish but I just don't want to see him in this role (god...I've never said that before).  I hope I don't offend anyone or HIM by saying that.

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« Reply #17 on: August 02, 2006, 06:16:06 am »
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I agree with what you've said Anam.  I know it's not certain that Elijah will get the part of Mr Harvey as his name has only been fleetingly mentioned but I really dont want to see Elijah play another weirdo.  I know he's trying to stretch himself and get away from the cute image of Frodo but he needs to do something a little lighter soon or he's going to get typecast as some kind of a psycho!

It is a difficult book to read but something made me keep on reading to the end and I'm glad I did because it does having a satisfying ending!
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« Reply #18 on: August 02, 2006, 01:06:49 pm »
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Oh good! I've been waiting to know a little about what PJ's next movie will be. I just hope the role of the girl wouldn't go to Dakota Fanning... I have yet to understand the deal with her. I don't like when actors, especially younger ones, get all the roles because they're the only ones people know of. I think Peter is great at finding new talents, and surely he could do better than a Dakota. 
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« Reply #19 on: August 08, 2006, 08:57:45 pm »
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In the book Harvey is supposed to be at least in his 30s and a little overweight I think, so I don't think Elijah would be considered for him.  A lot of people seem to favor Philip Seymour Hoffman.
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« Reply #20 on: August 08, 2006, 09:01:00 pm »
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Quote from: Jester85 on August 08, 2006, 08:57:45 pm   

In the book Harvey is supposed to be at least in his 30s and a little overweight I think, so I don't think Elijah would be considered for him.  A lot of people seem to favor Philip Seymour Hoffman.
Oh, yes.....that would be a good choice.  And he's a marvelous actor.

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« Reply #21 on: September 14, 2006, 05:07:04 pm »
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I just recently read this book and loved it, but I don't know if I would want any Lord of the Rings actors in any parts, apart from maybe Viggo as the father. Hmm.
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« Reply #22 on: May 03, 2007, 06:47:51 pm »
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Here's the latest on Peter Jackson's film adaptation of "The Lovely Bones."  The article is from The New Zealand Herald.


Hollywood bidding battle over Jackson's Lovely Bones
May 3, 2007

Four major studios are bidding to pay a premium for Peter Jackson's
next movie, The Lovely Bones.

Sony Pictures, Warner Bros., Universal Pictures and DreamWorks SKG
have each put a bid on the table to finance Jackson's costly screen
adaptation of Alice Sebold's 2004 best-seller about the aftermath of
the rape and murder of a 14-year-old girl who narrates the story from
heaven, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Sony was the first to bid Monday, according to a person involved in
the negotiations.

By this morning, 20th Century Fox and Walt Disney Studios, both of
which had expressed interest, had dropped out over cost concerns.
Jackson optioned the rights to The Lovely Bones three years ago from
Britain's Filmfour, which is a producing partner on the project and
has British TV distribution rights.

Jackson wrote the script with his wife, Fran Walsh, and Phillipa
Boyens. Before Jackson acquired the film rights, DreamWorks co-
founder Steven Spielberg had been eyeing the project.

Jackson's proposal calls for a studio to guarantee a production
budget of US$65 million ($88.7 million) and set aside US$10 million
($13.6 million) in the event of cost overruns.

"That doesn't include Jackson's directing and producing fees, which
could bring the production price tag to an eye-popping US$90 million
($122.8 million)," the newspaper reported.

"What is clear is that Jackson wants complete creative control -- a
demand most in Hollywood are willing to meet".

In the bids, each studio also had to include a marketing budget
detailing how it would promote the movie worldwide. The cost of
marketing this kind of film in North America alone would be at least
US$40 million ($54.6 million), and launching an Oscar campaign would
cost an additional US$10 million ($13.6 million) to US$15 million
($20.4 million).

"It's insanely expensive," said one top executive who passed on the
project, estimating that a studio would have to spend some US$150
million ($204 million) to make and promote a movie that could be
commercially challenged.

"I couldn't justify the numbers," said the executive, who asked for
anonymity because of the secrecy of the discussions.

The Los Angeles Times reported it was equally important to Jackson
that the studios present details on when the film would be released
in theatres and what other movies on that studio's slate would
compete with it.

The script was sent out with a CD of 17 period songs from the 1970s
that Jackson plans to use in the film, including tunes by such
artists as Van Morrison, Jefferson Airplane, and Frankie Valli and
the Four Seasons. The script is annotated with cues for when each
song should be played.

Jackson plans to begin production in October in Pennsylvania, where
Sebold's story is set. Special effects would be shot in Jackson's
Wellington studio.


The newspaper said that the big question was the commercial viability
of an intense adult drama like The Lovely Bones.

"With the rare exception of movies such as DreamWorks' 1999 sleeper
hit, American Beauty, which won a best-picture Oscar and grossed
US$353 million worldwide, darker themed dramas typically struggle,"
it reported.

Younger audiences typically did not want to see a dark intense drama,
but rather something like Spider-Man.

But the newspaper said most movie companies were still anxious to be
in business with Jackson, the Oscar-winning director of The Lord of
the Rings
trilogy, and the bid packages had sparked a frenzy.

"The fact that Peter Jackson's next film was made available on the
open market created a bit of chaos," said Ken Kamins, Jackson's
manager, noting that a deal could close as early as this week.

With The Lovely Bones, Jackson is returning to his roots. His
acclaimed 1994 film, Heavenly Creatures, about two friends who murder
one of their mothers, caught Hollywood's attention, even though it
grossed a mere US$3 million ($4.09 million) at the US box office.

Jackson has had bad experiences with the US studio system. Last year,
Universal unexpectedly pulled the plug on plans for Halo, a big-
budget movie based on the video game, and Jackson, who had spent
nearly a year on the script and served as an executive producer, was
furious.

And Jackson did not offer The Lovely Bones to New Line Cinema, with
which he is battling over royalties from The Lord of the Rings
trilogy. New Line founder Robert Shaye has refused to let Jackson
direct The Hobbit, the J.R.R. Tolkien novel that sets the stage for
The Lord of the Rings. But MGM, which shares the rights to The Hobbit
with New Line, wants Jackson to direct it.


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« Reply #23 on: May 12, 2007, 08:00:17 pm »
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Steven Spielberg's company, Dreamworks, has won the bidding to provide financing for Peter Jackson's film adaptation.  Spielberg was interested in buying the film rights himself, but Jackson beat him to it.  He said several times after LOTR that he'd like to work with Peter Jackson, so I think they will be an excellent team.

Here is an article about casting that was on a NZ website.  I found the article at Live Journal, but the link provided no longer works.  When you try it, you get a message saying the article is no longer available.


Casting The Lovely Bones is the tougher call. [i]The first part of the article discussed another film.[/i]  Of any Jackson film it's the first in which actors will have a good chance of winning an Oscar. Ask anyone who has read the bestselling book by American Alice Sebold who they would like to play each character and everyone has a strong opinion.

Central to the story is 14-year-old Susie Salmon, who is raped and murdered and from heaven narrates the story of what happens to her killer, the police investigation, her friends and family.

For months there's been buzz on this. If any new actor gets the part she'll become an overnight sensation. Twelve-year-old American actress Dakota Fanning, best known for playing Tom Cruise's daughter in War of the Worlds, may be in the running. American style magazine W last year quoted Fanning's agent as saying she and 15-year-old American Carly Schroeder (Mean Creek) had auditioned for the part.

There were also rumours last year that unknown Kiwi actress Carolyn Dando had been cast, which was news to Dando's agent and Jackson.
Imagine Casting has Fanning ranked at No 15. At No 1 is Tiger Darrow a Hollywood name if ever there was one who has had small parts in several movies, including The Adventures of Shark Boy and Lava Girl last year. Darrow is American and 13, so out-ages Fanning for the part. And, as some people have remarked, Fanning always looks younger than her real age.

Sadly, Whale Rider star Keisha Castle-Hughes hasn't made the list but you just never know. Jackson and Castle-Hughes seemed to get on well at the 2004 Oscars. Other names thrown about include Natalie Portman as the older Lindsey Salmon (Susie's sister) and Mortensen is at No 1 to play Susie's father Jack Salmon.

The biggest advantage in casting Mortensen is that he won't have to be shown where Wellington's best fish and chip shops and late-night cafes are located. When he was here for The Lord of the Rings he was in one just about every night.

Most unlikely casting wishes include Friends star Courteney Cox as Susie's mother Abigail Salmon, and either Adrien Brody, Kevin Spacey or Johnny Depp playing police detective Len Fenerman though all three would do a great job.

Imagine Casting's most imaginative wish is this year's best actor Oscar winner Philip Seymour Hoffman. He's at No 1 to play The Lovely Bones' killer Mr Harvey. Of all the characters in the book, it's the role that will have the biggest impact on movie audiences. Seymour Hoffman has just the right amount of gravitas and craziness to pull it off.

But then Andy Serkis (who is to play Moors murderer Ian Brady) and Elijah Wood (in Sin City) know how to play creepy serial killers, so maybe Jackson will surprise everyone by re-imagining actors he has worked with before.

Whoever is cast in both films, expect the usual Wellington flurry of excitement during shooting. "Is that Philip Seymour Hoffman staring at the bucket fountain, or is Jack Black back in town, but he's dyed his hair red?"

"Honestly, it was Johnny Depp in front of me at New World and he was buying pineapple lumps!"

"And then this young girl demands a table at Logan Brown, and she had this huge entourage, and then they start calling her after the name of some American state."

"I'm not joking, it was Sean Connery. Yes, Sean Connery, and he was sipping a latte shaken not stirred at the Chocolate Fish again. Of course it was him! My wife's hairdresser swears she's heard he's in Halo!"


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« Reply #24 on: May 12, 2007, 10:41:26 pm »
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Hmm... Spielberg and Jackson.  Now that should be interesting. 
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Yes, I think it will be a first-rate combination.  They are both immensely talented and I've never heard anything at all about Spielberg being difficult to work with.  He's such an admirer of PJ that I'm sure he would be gracious.  We'll see, I suppose.


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Hi

I read recently Elijah Wood is working with Peter Jackson on this film, if he is in it I will definitly be watching this film.

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« Reply #27 on: May 28, 2007, 02:13:43 am »
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Thanks for the update!!! Elizabeth...do you remember where you read that EW would be involved? If not, no big deal...I was just curious.
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« Reply #28 on: May 28, 2007, 04:24:10 am »
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It is not confirmed at all that Elijah would be in this film. It was only mentioned in an article (I read it on theonering.net) that Peter might work with actors he knows. If I remember right, they were talking about who could be playing Susie's killer and hereby referred to Andy Serkis and Elijah, who also played a killer in "Sin City".
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Cannot remember where I read it now, some magazine I think.

Anyway even if he is not in it, should still be good.
I can't wait to see what Dom will be in, as he is going to visit PJ and talk about upcoming ideas he has.

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