There is probably no one alive better suited to adapt Ransom Riggs’ best-selling novel ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children’ to film than Tim Burton. The visionary director behind ‘Edward Scissorhands’, ‘The Addams Family’ and ‘Alice In Wonderland’ brings his quirky sensibilities to an already quirky story about a boy named Jake (played by ‘Ender’s Game”s Asa Butterfield) who discovers an orphanage inhabited by children with unique powers.
When Jake discovers clues to a mystery that spans alternate realities and times, he uncovers a secret refuge known as Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As he learns about the residents and their unusual abilities, Jake realizes that safety is an illusion, and danger lurks in the form of powerful, hidden enemies. Jake must figure out who is real, who can be trusted, and who he really is.
Riggs based his novel on a collection of bizarre photographs he collected over a number of years and the novel combines original narrative with these strange pictures. The first book was published in 2011 and a second book, ‘Hollow City’ followed in 2014, then a third, ‘Library of Souls’ in 2015. Presumably, if the movie does well, Burton could make this the first installment of a trilogy.
The film adaptation stars Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Chris O’Dowd, Ella Purnell, Allison Janney, Rupert Everett, Terence Stamp, with Judi Dench and Samuel L. Jackson with a screenplay by Jane Goldman (‘X-Men: First Class’, ‘Kingsman: The Secret Service’).
Green, Butterfield and Jackson are among those that pop up in the clip which explores how Burton plans to bring this unique tale to life. You can check it out below:
Overall, the feel of the movie is a bit of ‘X-Men’ with a little ‘American Horror Story: Freak Show’ in a more classic setting.
This could be just the thing to wash away the overblown extravagance of the summer movie season.
‘Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children’ arrives in theaters on September 30, 2016.
Source: Coming Soon