Tim Burton has recently announced his interest in adapting the macabre-sounding Random Riggs novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. In other news, Martin Scorsese wants to direct a mobster character piece, Quentin Tarantino is working on a bloody Spaghetti Western, and Charlie Kaufman is making a movie about making a movie about making a movie…
The book surrounds a young man’s memories of his grandfather’s tales of the titular Home for Peculiar Children, wherein orphaned boys and girls with supernatural abilities, such as telepathy, telekinesis, controlling fire, etc, found hospice. As an adult, the young man takes it upon himself to investigate the ruins of the orphanage of which his grandfather spoke, learning that there might have been an element of danger to all of these children—an element that has not yet been put to rest.
Dark, yet whimsical. Mysterious and haunting, but colorful and energetic. That’s as Burtonian as you get. No word on the filmmaker’s progress in obtaining the book for adaptation, but we expect this will be in the works sometime in the future…and that there’ll be a Depp and a Bonham Carter involved.