Written by novelist and filmmaker Ransom Riggs the movie adaptation has Tim Burton ‘circling’ the project and it seems tailor-made for the director whose recent films have made a huge amount of money at the same time as making long time Burtonians irate. His Alice in Wonderland adaptation disappointed many, and perhaps there the expectations were too high; there was certainly something in Linda Woolverton’s script however the end result may not have matched the film the director’s fans were playing in their minds before sitting down in the cinemas.
Goldman has done some fine work of late with the two scripts mentioned perviously lining up well with her adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Stardust to create an impressive body of work. If she (and Burton) sign up for Miss Pregrine then expect fans to combust with anticipation, and with Burton finished with Dark Shadows and Frankenweenie currently filming there’s a gap in the road ahead which may well be filled with a host of Peculiar Children.
Here’s the blurb-o-synopsis floating around on the murky surface of the internet,
A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. And 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 sixteen-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 who once lived here – one of whom was his own grandfather – were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a desolate island for good reason. And somehow – impossible though it seems – they may still be alive. A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.
And the author’s website has this intriguing trailer which was directed by the man himself which sets the tone and whets the appetite for the cinematic collision of Goldman and Burton.
More as we hear it…