Peter Jackson is a busy man lately. In addition to appearing at Comic-Con for the first time ever to promote District 9 (the sci-fi film he produced which premieres this Friday), Jackson has been ramping up promotions for his own film, an adaptation of the Alice Sebold’s novel The Lovely Bones.

Last week, Screen Rant shared the first official trailer for The Lovely Bones, which, while a bit heavy on spoilers, showed enough potential to merit some early Academy Award chatter. Now, we have even more footage of The Lovely Bones thanks to a behind the scenes featurette from Yahoo.

In the featurette, Jackson discusses his attraction to the source material, his vision for the film, and casting Saoirse Ronan as the lead character. It also features interviews with some of the film’s cast, including Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, and Stanley Tucci. Check out the featurette below. For an HD version, head over to Yahoo.

Peter Jackson is a fantastic director and I’m confident that The Lovely Bones will be an excellent addition to his already strong resume. While many fanboys are only familiar with Jackson’s major F/X-driven work on such films as Lord of the Rings and King Kong, the director has proven himself just as capable with smaller and more nuanced dramas. In fact, The Lovely Bones probably shares more in common with Jackson’s breakout film, Heavenly Creatures, which is based on the true story of an infamous New Zealand murder case from the 1950s.

What do you think? Does this behind the scenes look coupled with the first trailer make you excited for the movie? Is it too premature for award buzz?

The Lovely Bones will hit theaters on December 11, 2009.

Source: Yahoo