Peter Jackson is embarking on two new literary adaptations, according to The Hollywood Reporter (www.hollywoodreporter.com). He has optioned Temeraire, a historical fantasy series set during the Napoleonic Saga, written by Noami Novik. Jackson described Temeraire as combining 'fantasy and historical epic' - 'I can't wait to see Napoleonic battles fought with a squadron of dragons. That's what I go to the movies for.' The series comprises three books, although Jackson does not know yet if he will film these separately or as one single movie.
Jackson has also optioned Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones. He is writing the adaptation with his regular scripting partners Fran Walsh and Philippa Boyens with a view to directing the picture late 2007.