Peter Jackson has break from big budgets in Lovely Bones
By Mike Davidson
LONDON (Reuters) - New Zealand's Peter Jackson takes a break from blockbusters with "The Lovely Bones," an adaptation of Alice Sebold's bestselling novel about girl who is brutally raped and murdered and who looks down on her family from heaven.
The film, starring Rachel Weisz and Mark Wahlberg as the girl's grieving parents, had a royal world premiere in London late on Tuesday attended by the Prince of Wales.
It has a limited release in U.S. theatres on December 11 and opens widely through January.
The Lovely Bones is Jackson's first movie as director since the big-budget spectacular "King Kong" in 2005, which came hard on the heels of the Lord of the Rings trilogy that turned the 48-year-old into one of Hollywood's hottest properties.
"Certainly it was a very different film for us, which was part of the appeal of doing it," Jackson told Reuters.
"I could have easily done another big blockbuster effect film and that is what people were expecting me to do, so I just like the challenge of making a smaller movie, much lower budget which reduces the pressure."
He added that the move away from effects-driven, expensive films allowed him to make a "more challenging" picture, although, judging by negative early reviews, many critics will not agree.
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