As part of Empire magazine's massive 20th anniversary special issue (guest edited by none other that Steven Spielberg) the team are bringing us a first look at Peter Jackson's upcoming project 'The Lovely Bones' and have teased us by posting an image from the article online for all to see.
From Empire Online
Based on Alice Sebold's book, the film follows Susie (Saoirse Ronan) a 14 year-old girl raped and murdered by her neighbour. From heaven, she watches her family deal (or not) with her death, and watches her murderer as he tries to hide the evidence.
Mark Wahlberg plays Susie's father, Rachel Weisz her mother, Stanley Tucci the neighbour and Susan Sarandon the family's grandmother. It's directed by Peter Jackson, and adapted by him along with his co-writers Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens.
I'm assuming that what we see in the image is heaven, though from what I remember of the novel it doesn't describe heaven as some crazy mirrored landscape, more of a kind of little village populated by people and animals from Susie's past. However, this is just a single image so it is hard to make judgments about the final film based on so little information. My opinion on the novel at the time I read it was that it was a fairly average read with a healthy dose of emotional manipulation; hopefully Jackson can utilize his skill as a filmmaker to elevate the source material. And just if you need proof that Jackson can do more than goblins and hobbits you should check out 'Heavenly Creatures' starring Kate Winslet.