Tim Burton Heading to 'Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children'

November 15, 2011
Source: Deadline

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children / Tim Burton

Earlier this year, it was reported that Fox had picked up the rights to adapt Ransom Riggs' novel Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children into a feature film. 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, and now the darker tale just might have a fitting director to take on the material. Deadline reports Tim Burton is in early talks to develop the book as a potential directing gig. In addition, the Alice in Wonderland and Sweeney Todd director would also be involved in choosing a writer to adapt the story.

Published back in June, here's the official synopsis of the book:

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.

Among the strange children Jacob encounters are a girl who can hold fire in her hands, another young woman whose feet never touch the ground, and twins who are able to communicate without speaking to each other. Though it's easy to make comparisons to X-Men and Charles Xavier's School for the Gifted, this sounds more like an Island of Misfit Toys approach to the story, and that's something Burton could bring to life rather well. Though it's yet another adaptation for the filmmaker who used to do original films like Beetlejuice, at least this story hasn't been adapted into a film or TV show previously. Interested?

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I'm in but please no more let downs, ok Tim? I still haven't gotten the nasty taste that is Alice in Wonderland, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Planet of the Apes from my mouth. Alice lost it's whole point in its anticlimactic ending, Charlie was not endearing as Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory and Planet of the Apes, although a better budget, was not classic material. I mean seriously, you had Depp playing Wonka as Michael Jackson and Mark Wahlberg doing a gangsta stepping astronaut for christ's sake.

Johnny Neat on Nov 16, 2011


You need to read the book. Willy Wonka was Michael Jackson!

HipEchick on Nov 17, 2011

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