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Jackson to follow King Kong with The Lovely Bones



Story by: Jack Foley

KING Kong director, Peter Jackson, is set to adapt the novel, The Lovely Bones, as his next project.

According to Variety, the Oscar-winning director has bought the rights to Alice Sebold's powerful best-seller together with partner, Fran Walsh.

But filming won't begin until work on King Kong is complete, while there is no plan to release the film until 2007 at the earliest.

The Lovely Bones focuses on the murder and rape of a young girl and is told from the point of view of the victim as she looks down from heaven how her family is coping in the aftermath of the tragedy.

The film will be produced in conjunction with Film Four.

According to Jackson, the book represents '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," he told Variety. "I don't want the tone or the mood to be different or lost in the film."

Jackson and Walsh will once again team up with writing partner, Philippa Boyens, for the project and will also be financing the film themselves in order to escape the pressure of working for a studio.

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