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.
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.