Peculiar is an incredibly apt word for describing the aesthetic of Tim Burton, whether his films be macabre, gothic horrors or wildly bizarre adventures. The director’s latest feature – Big Eyes – will be his least fantastical project in years as it’s a biography detailing the life of artist Margret Keane, but it won’t be long before Burton returns to creepy tales starring courageous children.
Burton will next direct Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children for 20th Century Fox, based on the novel of the same name by Ransom Riggs. The book is published by Quirk Books – also the publisher behind Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and its sequels – and follows a young boy investigating an old, closed down children’s home. The book presents its story through a combination of written prose and old, vintage (and creepy) photographs, which sounds like it would be right up Burton’s alley.
Eventually, this young boy travels into the past and meets Miss Peregrine and the children in her care, all of whom are peculiar in their own way: some control fire, others turn invisible, etc. Already named to star as the home’s eponymous caregiver is Eva Green, who last worked with Burton on Dark Shadows.
For the role of the film’s young protagonist, 16-year-old Jacob Portman, The Wrap is reporting Burton is interested in Ender’s Game star Asa Butterfield, though no official offer has been made at this time. In all honesty, doesn’t Butterfield look as if he was born to one day star in a Tim Burton film?
Were Butterfield to star in Miss Peregrine’s, the film would be his fourth based on a book, having previously starred in the film adaptions of The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, Hugo, and the aforementioned Ender’s Game. Butterfield will next appear in X + Y – a BBC film about a mathematics prodigy – followed by another book adaption – this time of Eleanor Henderson’s Ten Thousand Saints – with Ender’s Game co-star, Hailee Steinfeld.
After Big Eyes and Miss Peregrine’s, Burton’s schedule looks pretty open, though rumors of a Beetlejuice 2 persist. A film like Miss Peregrine’s – already a bestseller, though not an overly popular novel – may prove a good venture for Burton, a director one could argue has become creatively bogged down by his more recent recognizable and demanding projects.
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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will release on March 4th, 2016.