Peter Jackson has been hard at work on his adaptation of Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones, which has sold over 10 million copies since it was published in 2002, making it the Tuesdays with Morrie of horrific rape-murder. The Lovely Bones takes place in the 1970s, and tells the story of a family’s dissolution and recovery in the wake of a teenage daughter’s death, told through the eyes of the murdered girl, who exists somewhere between heaven and Earth. Today, a first image of Jackson’s “heaven” has been circulating on the internet. As he explains, it was important to stick to Sebold’s vision, and to avoid giving some kind of definitive picture of what the afterlife (which may or may not exist, according to some scientists) looks like. From Stuff.co.nz:
Jackson told USA Today he had stuck to Sebold’s idea that Susie was caught between heaven and Earth.
“We certainly had no intention of using this movie to paint a definitive picture of what heaven is like, and who resides there,” he said.
“She [Susie] is in an ‘in-between’, as Alice Sebold calls it. We wanted the world to be ruled by Susie’s unconscious desires. Susie’s ‘in-between’ begins as a powerful, beautiful and mysterious place it is familiar and strange, comforting and sad. A young 14-year-old girl’s idea of ‘heaven’.
So, how did he do?
“All we have to decide is how to completely waste the time that is given to us.”