Despite certain missteps in adapting young adult novels to the big screen and launching blockbuster franchises, series like Harry Potter, Twilight, and the recently completed Hunger Games have ensured that movie studios will be willing to adapt even lesser known properties with the right team. In the case of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, based on the book by Ransom Riggs, that team includes director Tim Burton (The Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands) and Jane Goldman (The Woman in Black, Kingsman: The Secret Service).
The film is slated to hit theaters later this year and 20th Century Fox already began teasing its release with a time loop teaser and images of Miss Peregrine herself with some of the peculiar children set to appear in the movie. Now, the studio has released the first full-length trailer.
Fox released the first trailer for Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (above) along with a poster (below). The trailer follows the film’s main character Jacob Portman (Asa Butterfield) as he meets the other children of Miss Peregrine’s (Eva Green) mysterious orphanage. Though Jake appears to be ordinary at first, he learns that his peculiarity is instrumental to protecting the orphanage and his fellow peculiar children from creatures that wish to destroy them.
Explaining the purpose of the orphanage to Jake, Miss Peregrine tells him, “We’re what’s known in common parlance as peculiar.” Ella Purnell costars in the film as Emma Bloom, the peculiar child in the trailer shown to have the ability to manipulate air. Rounding out the cast are Samuel L. Jackson (Kingsman), Allison Janney (Mom), Dame Judi Dench, Chris O’Dowd (St. Vincent), and Terence Stamp (Big Eyes).
The trailer for Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children certainly captures the whimsical creepiness that has been evident in certain Burton films of the past, including fellow novel adaptations Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Alice in Wonderland, and Big Fish. Additionally, like those movies in Burton’s repertoire, Miss Peregrine’s Home has the vivid and beautiful imagery fans of the direct have come to expect from his feature films, such as the scene of Jake and Emma sinking to a boat on the bottom of a body of water and expelling the air to give them an extremely secluded hiding place.
Of course, there have been plenty of franchise false-starters when it comes to young adult movie adaptations, including The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, and those that failed to entertain casual moviegoers, the most recent of which is The 5th Wave. But, in terms of Burton’s directing style and Goldman’s skill in adapting stories for the big screen, the two seem well-matched to do justice to Riggs’ young adult book – as evidenced by this first trailer for Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will open in U.S. theaters on September 30th, 2016.
Source: 20th Century Fox