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New Writers: 'Miss Peregrine's' Jane Goldman & 'Last Man Standing'

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December 2, 2011
Source: Deadline, Variety

Last Man Standing / Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children

Two projects have new writers today, so we're hitting two birds with one stone. First, Deadline reports that Jane Goldman, Matthew Vaughn's writing partner credited for co-writing Stardust, Kick-Ass, The Debt, X-Men: First Class and The Woman in Black, is now adapting Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children for Fox. Tim Burton is circling the project, but obviously at the moment it's just being scripted. Elsewhere, Variety reports that Paramount has hired a writer to adapt Daniel LuVisi's graphic novel Last Man Standing, which we're already familiar with thanks to some badass visuals we featured a while ago.

With Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, based on the novel by Ransom Riggs published this year, the adaptation has been in the works at 20th Century Fox ever since the book first hit shelves. 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. Chernin Entertainment is producing and word is that Tim Burton is considering directing. But with so much on his plate, on top of Dark Shadows, nothing has been confirmed. Jane Goldman is actually a very talented, versatile screenwriter, and she should bring a definite flair to this adaptation. I'm looking forward to seeing how it progresses from here. We'll keep you updated.

As for Last Man Standing, Paramount is hiring David Leslie Johnson, writer of Orphan, Red Riding Hood and Wrath of the Titans, to adapt the graphic novel into a sci-fi action flick. Last Man Standing, set 600 years in the future, follows an invincible soldier created to help Earth win a war against Mars. After becoming a hero, he's framed for a heinous crime by a terrorist organization. After a 9-year prison sentence, he escapes and sets out to even the score. The visuals look great, I'm hoping it turns out as good as it looks. The graphic novel sold out at Comic-Con this year in two hours. No director is attached, but Scott Aversano is producing with LuVisi, while Stephan Lokotsch, Russell Binder and Peter Levin are executive producing.

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  • Anonymous
    I hope that the production for the LAST MAN STANDING film goes smoothly.  The graphic novel was a labor of love for the artist--and it was, literally, a "last ditch effort" for him. I'm glad to see his GN picked up for the movies and wish him well, because he earned it.
  • Anonymous
    Read the book, found it...interesting. It was pretty good, but not great. Seems to me studios are grasping at any 'young adult' novel that generates any kind of buzz, and I'm starting to suspect that the majority of the buzz for this book was generated by the publisher.
    • It's not even a "Graphic Novel" as such, more a scrapbook to the main story...

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