Fox Adopts 'Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children' for a Movie
Even though the novel hasn't even been published yet, studios were in a fierce battle for the rights to Ransom Riggs' book Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children and Variety says Fox ended up walking away with a deal to adapt the film last night. Though no director or writer is attached to the project just yet, apparently the book has already generated considerable buzz around Hollywood (hence the bidding war), so plenty of big names will end up circling this. The story follows a 16-year-old boy named Jacob, who stumbles upon a home for children with strange powers on a remote island off the coast of Wales.
Here's the official synopsis of the book which will be published on June 7th:
A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And a strange collection of very curious photographs. It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children who once lived here—one of whom was his own grandfather—were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a desolate island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.
It definitely sounds like it has potential, and if the book ends up blowing up on the bestsellers list, you can bet that will make the project even more of a hot commodity. As franchises like Harry Potter and The Twilight Saga come to an end, studios are looking for the next big thing to keep their profits going for years to come, and while it's not clear if this is the start of a new series, it certainly could be a big family tentpole. We'll have to wait and see if Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children can live up to the hype. Interested?