news reel May 4, 2007 So How Is Peter Jackson’s Script for ‘The Lovely Bones’? Photo: Getty Images (left), Courtesy of Little, Brown (right) As Peter Jackson’s adaptation of The Lovely Bones continues to make the rounds among Hollywood’s studios (aside from New Line, sworn enemies of the once-burly Kiwi filmmaker), we thought we’d take a look at his screenplay to see how it reads. The screenplay, 112-pages long and co-written with Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens, doesn’t diverge wildly from Alice Sebold’s novel; the famous opening line of chapter one — “My name is Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was 14 years old when I was murdered on December 6th, 1973” — appears nearly verbatim on page 5 of the script. Detail of The Lovely Bones.