Screenwriter/producer Jane Goldman has become a much bigger name over the past two years, thanks to her script work on the popular comic book flicks Kick-Ass and X-Men: First Class, as well as the dramatic thriller The Debt. Goldman also penned the (anticipated) upcoming supernatural horror literary adaptation, The Woman in Black, and is expected to eventually lend her writing talents to the currently-untitled First Class sequel.
However, before Goldman takes a stab at the followup to the aforementioned X-Men franchise reboot/prequel, she may end up penning another spooky novel adaptation: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children.
Deadline is reporting that Goldman has begun talks to sign on as the screenwriter for 20th Century Fox's big-screen take on Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, which is being produced by Chernin Entertainment (Rise of the Planet of the Apes). While Tim Burton remains the most likely directorial candidate for the time being, he has not yet officially committed to the project.
Ransom Riggs' original Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children novel tells the tale of sixteen-year-old Jacob, a young man who has long been fascinated with his grandfather's stories of the titular orphanage: a place that housed children with strange and dangerous qualities (like psychic powers or the ability to hold fire). Jacob's grandfather unexpectedly dies one day, but leaves a secret message behind for his grandson - one which leads the teen to a lonely island near Wales, where he discovers his grandfather's old home... and the (seemingly, abandoned) remains of Miss Peregrine's mysterious boarding house.
Early Woman in Black footage has painted Goldman's adaptation as being a somewhat familiar, but nonetheless creepy and unnerving ghost story; thus, her signing on for the Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children movie is not only fitting, but all the more reason to be interested in how that well-liked book translates on the big screen.
Once Burton completely wraps up filming and puts the finishing touches on his dual 2012 releases (the Dark Shadows TV show adaptation and his 3D stop-motion Frankenweenie movie), he'll have more time to decide what his next directorial effort will be. Although Burton has been linked to in-development projects like Monsterpocalypse and The Hunchback of Notre Dame over the past year, he's not officially set for either those two films, nor the Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children adaptation.
All things considered, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children sounds like a story that would fit Burtons' artistic sensibilities nicely. The film would certainly benefit from his particular flavor of Gothic production design; not to mention, he would (almost) definitely be working from a solid screenplay, assuming Goldman does sign on. It would also be interesting to see how Burton adapts the memorably strange "found vintage photography" that plays an important role in Rigg's source material.
We will continue to keep you posted on the status of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children as more information is released.