According to Flicks.co.NZ, The Lovely Bones has halted filming due to an argument between Peter Jackson and his art director over the best way to depict heaven. Which is important, because Susie Salmon narrates the entire book from there. And it’s not the first fight Jackson’s had.
Meanwhile, at the Speed Racer premiere in London, Empire reports that Bones cast member Susan Sarandon has expressed dissatisfaction with her character. “I play the comic relief, an alcoholic grandmother – my first grandma – but she doesn’t really seem like a real grandmother because she has a lot of hair and jewellery and nails and liquor. I don’t think I ever talk without a cigarette and a drink in my hand.”
“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.
Ryan Gosling was replaced with Mark Wahlberg just days before filming, also over creative differences. But I think if the movie fails it will be because the book it’s based on is really maudlin and cheesy (I was impressed that the author* had the balls to lift an entire scene from Ghost – you know where Patrick Swayze’s ghost takes over Whoopi Goldberg’s body and bones Demi Moore? Yeah, that totally happens in The Lovely Bones, albeit with different characters) not because the grandma is too alcoholic. Besides, isn’t that what grandma’s are like? I mean, my grandma was always smoking cigars and drinking whiskey. Then one time my P.E. teacher told me that if she had balls she’d be my grandpa. In conclusion, Peter Jackson is really fat.
*Lucky was good though.