Tim Burton Up For ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children’

Published 3 years ago by , Updated August 2nd, 2013 at 9:52 am,

There’s no denying that Tim Burton has a monopoly on movies that are Gothically kooky and whimsically creepy in design. Hence why it’s not surprising to hear that 20th Century Fox wants to hire the filmmaker on as director for the literary adaptation, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

Dylan Clark and Peter Chernin (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) along with Jeno Topping (the Charlie’s Angels film series) are set to produce the literary project. Burton, should he sign on as director, would presumably also serve as a co-producer.

Fox and Chernin Entertainment acquired the rights to Ransom Rigg’s source material earlier this year. Deadline is reporting that, should Burton agree to helm Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, he would “be involved” in recruiting a scriber for the project.

Given that the filmmaker tends to prefer working with the same individuals over and over, chances are good that someone like John August (Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride, Frankenweenie) could be the man Burton would select to handle that job.

Here is an official description of Ransom Rigg’s original novel:

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. 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 were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

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A ‘curious photograph’ from ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children reads as being the sort of spooky story that is all but tailor-made for Burton. It’s certainly the sort of tale that would benefit from being brought to life under the supervision of the quirky filmmaker – not only because his trademark stylishly gloomy visual design would be fitting for the material, but the novel’s plot elements (ex. the coming-of-age narrative thread) and character archetypes (ex. the troubled young outsider) have all been handled well by Burton many times before.

Plus, this could be one of the rare Burton movies that doesn’t feature Johnny Depp in any significant capacity. While the two have made for a winning combination in the past – and, hopefully, will do so in the future (see: Dark Shadows) – that could definitely be a refreshing change of pace, at this point.

We will keep you posted on the status of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children as the story develops.

Source: Deadline

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  1. I am so up for this. I just finished the book, and loved it. :)

    • I Have fallen madly in-love with this book and if a movie is made hopefully it is good!!!!! The book is SOOO good all im saying is dont let it be animated, let it be real.. please dont ruin such a great story!!

  2. @Veysey
    weee I thought I’m the only one reading books these days. I didn’t know that this is a best sellers book. I just saw it in my country’s national bookstore.

    I loved it too.. >:) unlike crappy super heroes who do impossible things and to much sarcasm to their powers.

    This one is a plausible type of story wherein you will get hook too.

    I want this now!!!

  3. I love this book!!! I soo want to see this. I hope its not animated.

  4. That’d b amazing if he directed that movie I loved that book, and he could make it into a great movie!


    • I betcha you could be Fiona! 😀 Lol.

      • I want to be in it too I could be Emma she was about 16 you might be able to be Fiona or um what’s her name Frid? Idk who you would want to be but I’m searching desperately for the auditions

    • can you not

    • It would be insanely hard for Johnny and carter to be big in this movie but if you haven’t read the book you wouldn’t know that

  6. So, I’ve recently purchased this book from my school book fair. I’m now about 80% done with it, and I’m super in love. I also love acting, and thought it’d be perfect if the book was made into a movie and I auditioned. I was googling all about it and when I saw this article, I died. I am, dare I say, tim Burton’s biggest fan and ohmygodidiedsobadlyifiauditionedandgotthepartiohmygodyesyesyes

  7. how do you audition for this? I really woud love to act out my favorite book!

    • Wait you found the auditions???? I missed them?!?!?!?

  8. Hope this will come out excellent! And I really would like to audition for it. But I guess there is no chance for me to do so, since I live in Sweden and havent had any main role in a movie before- only as an extra and now Im going to voiceact for a anime serie.(in english for that matter). Gosh I really wish I could atleast audition. :) This book is so darn good it deserves to be portraied greatly on film.

  9. I love Johhny Depp don’t get me wrong, but I don’t want him to be in this movie. I just couldn’t picture him as any of the characters when I re-read the book last week.

  10. So, i LOVED the book. I also LOVE Tim Burton.
    I wouldn’t want this animated, and i’d like it to follow pretty close to the book, but i gotta say that i am all for this idea. I was actually thinking about it while i was reading the book, (and while i was falling in love with it) and I just got so excited i has to google it and see if it was really gonna happen. Super excited for this.

  11. I am SOOO happy this book is being made into a movie! I am high school teacher in Oklahoma and I had my classes read this book this year. They LOVED it and wanted me to see if I could contact someone about having it made into a movie. I laughed and told them we had nothing to worry about, a book this wonderful will for sure be made into a movie. I showed them the book trailer and they fell in love with the plot, the photography and the erie tone set by Ransom Riggs! I am also over the moon with excitement to see he is working on a sequel. :) I am a very happy English teacher right now!! If you need extras for the movie I have an entire class of students that would love to help! :)

    Ms. Hargrove

  12. I would love to audition for this but I need more Info. I love Tim Burton movies, He is extraordinary!!!

  13. I adore Bronwyn and would love to play her – She’s marvellous. And the book was immence; quite peculiar itself as I have never found a book with so much depth and power. Read it and fell into a trance! Tim burton is also my favourite director and I’m positive this movie could be a masterpiece! Xx

  14. Are they going to have auditons for the children

  15. cant wait! I was so excited when I heard this <3 I don't care if its real people or animated either way Im thrilled to see it.

  16. Johnny Depp will be Dr Golan, Helena will be Miss P, and a newcomer will play Jacob!!

  17. I will be 16 in March 2015 and I would like to try out for a part in the “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” movie if at all possible. I don’t know any other way of accomplishing this but if anyone could help me out then I would appriciate it.

  18. I do hope that they don’t make it a clay motion movie I really hope that they use real people!!!and I hope its everything I imagine it to be plus get all the parts of the book in there because it is a truly great peice!!I positvly ADORE this book!!!!!