Our first look at Tim Burton’s next film, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, has arrived.
Based on the best-selling novel by Ransom Riggs, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children tells the story of Jacob Portman (Asa Butterfield), a boy who is given clues to a mystery that spans different worlds and times. He soon finds himself at the titular children’s home. But the mystery and danger deepens as he gets to know the residents and learns of their special powers…and their powerful enemies. It isn’t long before Jacob discovers his own “peculiarity,” one that could save his new friends.
It’s the type of story that seems perfect for Burton, who says it was the book’s illustrations that first attracted him to the project.
“When I was first approached to direct Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children I was given a summary of the novel with all of the photos in the book,” Burton said in a press release. “I was immediately intrigued by the haunting and mysterious pictures in Ransom Riggs’ novel and knew I wanted to tell the story of those kids. A girl, lighter than air, a boy with bees living in his stomach, a woman who turned into a bird—it was a world I wanted to explore. So I made a film about them.”
Riggs is downright happy at the idea of Burton helming the adaptation, saying: “For something I wrote to have inspired Tim Burton to create a doodle on a cocktail napkin would have been an honor. But to stand ringside and watch him pour his whole heart into this film — that has been one of the great thrills of my life. I couldn’t be more excited if you attached electrodes to my toes.”
Eva Green stars as Miss Peregrine (pictured above), a role that reunites the actress and director following Dark Shadows, with Chris O’Dowd, Ella Purnell, Allison Janney, Rupert Everett, Terence Stamp, Judi Dench and Samuel L. Jackson filling in supporting roles.
Jane Goldman, who co-wrote Matthew Vaughn films Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class, and Kingsman: The Secret Service, has penned the adaptation.
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children hits Australia on September 29 and the U.S. on September 30.
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