Since it was announced that renowned fantasy director Tim Burton would be adapting Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, fans of Ransom Riggs’ YA novel avidly anticipating the film have dealt with disappointments as the planned release date has been pushed from an original summer 2015 slot to March 2016 – then back again to Christmas day, that same year.
However, book and Burton fans alike will not have to wait quite as long to see what the eccentric director has created from his source material. 20th Century Fox have just given their 2016/17 schedule a re-shuffle, bringing the upcoming fantasy movie forwards again by three months.
Miss Peregrine’s is exactly the style of fairytale-esque fantasy with a macabre twist that Burton is drawn towards. The story follows sixteen year old Jacob who is inspired to find the mysterious island and orphanage by his late grandfather’s stories. The film stars Eva Green (Dark Shadows) as the titular character and is joined by Asa Butterfield (Enders Game) in the lead role as Jacob. An impressive additional cast, including Samuel L. Jackson, Chris O’Dowd. Allison Janney, Dame Judy Dench and Rupert Everett are also featured in key roles.
The studio have brought Miss Peregrine’s forward to September 30th, 2016, which is already a fairly busy day for new releases with Deepwater Horizon, Masterminds, Delirium and Besties all due for this date. In addition to this swap, Fox has scheduled the Bryon Cranston comedy Why Him? Into the Christmas day slot, moving it back from November 11th. For 2017, the animated feature Ferdinand has been pushed back from April 7th to July 21st, which places it up against Luc Besson’s Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets and Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk. Lastly, upcoming disaster movie The Mountain Between Us (originally set for February 10th) has been removed from the 2017 schedule entirely, the reason as yet unknown.
So far the marketing for Miss Peregrine’s has been tantalizingly evasive; back in September of 2015, a viral video teased an important plot aspect linked to this day with a Victorian style pocket watch magically looping backwards. The posters and images released also feature this spooky gothic style and utilise the unnerving connotations of vintage photographs. With the release date now brought forward, hopefully, a more comprehensive trailer for the Miss Peregrine’s film is on its way so we can see the superb casting choices in action – and catch a glimpse of Burton’s recognizable design applied to the story (and its themes).
Although there is steep competition on September 30th concerning sharing box office takings, the studio must be counting on a Burton movie with an existing book fan base to have a strong enough draw to hold its own on this busy weekend. It is a pity that the release date could not have landed on “Loop day” a couple of weeks earlier for a satisfying tie in – although this release has been changed so many times at this point, perhaps it’s better to be grateful this new date is simply sooner than expected.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will now open in U.S. theaters on September 30th, 2016.
Source: 20th Century Fox