D’Works inks ‘Bones’ key

Peyronnet picked as studio seeks Sebold tome

This article was updated on July 7, 2003.

DreamWorks has inked a two-year first-look deal with Aimee Peyronnet, who is attached to produce an adaptation of the bestselling novel “The Lovely Bones.”

Although “Lovely Bones” is not yet officially set up at DreamWorks, the deal with Peyronnet could help the studio land the film adaptation, which Hollywood has keenly sought to produce since rights to the popular Alice Sebold novel were picked up by Britain’s FilmFour in 2000.

With FilmFour defunct, parent Channel 4 retains the rights to the project that Lynne Ramsay (“Morvern Callar”) is set to write and direct sometime this year.

Peyronnet, whose production company Wild Child Films is based in New York, is attached to “Lovely Bones” as a producer, along with former FilmFour exec Jim Wilson.

Novel revolves around a murdered teenage girl who observes from heaven the various transformations in her family’s life. Book spent more than 14 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.

Peyronnet most recently ran the Hollywood offices of Luc Besson’s production shingle Seaside Prods., which had deals at Fox and Columbia.

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