Tim Burton may explore a Home for Peculiar Children


Tim Burton is finishing up his adaptation of Dark Shadows, but he’s already got his eyes on another project. The director is interested in the film adaptation of Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, a young adult novel by Ransom Riggs. (This is not to be confused with St. Lucy’s Home for Girls Raised by Wolves, the short story collection by Karen Russell. Those books should hang out, though. They seem like they’d get along.)

Here’s a description of Miss Peregrine’s. Sounds promising:

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of very curious photographs.

It all waits to be discovered in Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, an unforgettable novel that mixes fiction and photography in a thrilling reading experience. As our story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets 16-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow — impossible though it seems — they may still be alive.

Riggs’s novel was apparently born out of his love for Edward Gorey and his collection of vintage photos from swap meets and flea markets. Seems like just the sort of thing Burton would tackle.

[Via /Film, Los Angeles Times]

Hubert Vigilla
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