Deadline is reporting that 20th Century Fox, which bought the rights to the novel last spring, are in talks with Tim Burton to helm the project. Considering his resume of odd films, this is a project that is tailor made for him. Here’s the official synopsis of the book:
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 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 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.
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.
Yep, this sounds like Burton to me.
The only issue is that this will have to be down the line for Burton as he is currently wrapping up Dark Shadows, and has already lined up Frankenweenie and a stop-motion version of The Addams Family, so it would be some time before he could get to this film.
While this isn’t a done deal, I can’t see 20th Century Fox not making sure this happening.