Variety reports that Lord of the Rings team Peter Jackson, Fran Walsh, and Philippa Boyens are in talks to direct the adaptation of Alice Sebold's bestselling novel The Lovely Bones.

These literary adaptations are always tricky business. Unless they slap some prosthetics on Nicole Kidman or get Zelleweger to pork up, they're iffy at best. And this is a movie about a murdered fourteen-year old girl. Maybe Miramax can get the rights and Harvey Weinstein can convince Lindsay Lohan to come down with an eating disorder?