Tim Burton Could Bring Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children To The Big Screen

Ella Purnell in Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
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In his 25+ years as a feature film director, Tim Burton has established a look all his own. The filmmaker is an auteur whose films have a heavy influence from German expressionism, and often features strange architecture, vibrant or muted colors (depending on the project) and the music of Danny Elfman. But it's not only Burton's style that's recognizable, but the types of stories he chooses to tell. Hence why I am not surprised he is looking to make Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children into a movie.

Deadline says that the filmmaker is now in talks to develop the Ransom Riggs book, but is not yet formally attached to direct. Burton will play a role in finding the screenwriter to adapt the book. The story is about a teenager named Jacob who grows up listening to his grandfather's tales (I'm getting a Big Fish vibe already) about an orphanage that houses "peculiar children," such as kids who float and handle fire without being burned. Following his grandfather's passing, Jacob discovers that Miss Peregrine's orphanage was actually a real place and learns that "the children were more than peculiar, they might have been there because they were dangerous" and are possibly still alive.

I think what I like most about this project is that unless they want to spend money making him look like he's 80, the movie would force Burton to make a film without Johnny Depp (though I suppose flashbacks are always an option). I must admit that I really like this idea. It kind of sounds like a Tim Burton version of X-Men.

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