Director Tim Burton has a long-standing reputation for tackling dark and macabre subject matter - and/or bringing out the more unsettling aspects of stories like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. His upcoming remake of Dumbo is probably going to be even more trippy than the original, so it's no surprise that Ransom Riggs' book Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children caught Burton's attention.
Based around a series of creepy vintage photographs, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is about a sixteen year-old boy called Jacob who follows a trail of clues to an abandoned orphanage on an island, which once housed a group of children with strange physical quirks and abilities - including a boy with a bee hive in his stomach and a girl who can levitate. An adaptation has been in development for several years, with a script written by Jane Goldman (Kick-Ass), and Burton came onboard as director in 2013.
20th Century Fox announced today that filming has begun on Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, with production starting off in Florida before moving to locations in the UK and Belgium. Here's a breakdown of who's playing who.
- Asa Butterfield (Ender's Game) - Jacob Portman, a boy who investigates the orphanage following the death of his grandfather.
- Eva Green (Dark Shadows) - Miss Peregrine, the headmistress of the orphanage.
- Ella Purnell (Maleficent) - Emma Bloom, a girl who can make fire with her hands.
- Samuel L. Jackson (The Avengers) - Mr. Barron, Jacob's former school bus driver.
- Allison Janney (Get On Up) - Dr. Golan, Jacob's psychiatrist.
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children will also star Terence Stamp, Chris O'Dowd, Rupert Everett, Kim Dickens and Judi Dench. Here's the official synopsis:
The unforgettable, thrilling and haunting tale centers on 16-year-old Jacob (portrayed by Asa Butterfield), who follows clues that take him to a mysterious island, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores the abandoned bedrooms and hallways, he discovers that its former occupants were far more than peculiar; they possessed incredible powers. And they may still be alive.
The concept of a school for children with special gifts might sound a bit too close to Professor Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters - but since Fox already has a film franchise on that subject, Burton will hopefully be free to take Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children in a different direction.
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children arrives in theaters on March 4th, 2016.
Source: 20th Century Fox