File this one under “A Perfect Match.” Deadline is reporting that eclectic director Tim Burton will tackle Ransom Riggs’ novel Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children. The film rights were purchased last spring by 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment, and Burton is currently “in talks to develop the book as a potential directing project.” He’d also have a hand in choosing a writer to adapt the novel into a screenplay.
According to Deadline, the novel concerns “Jacob, a 16-year-old whose childhood was filled with stories his grandfather told him about an orphanage for unusual children. Among the residents: a girl who could hold fire in her hands, another whose feet never touched the ground, and twins who communicated without speaking. When his beloved grandfather dies unexpectedly but leaves a message behind for his grandson, the teen heads off to his grandfather’s home on an isolated island off Wales. There he discovers the abandoned remains of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. It is in great disrepair and as Jacob explores its bedrooms and hallways, he can see the children were more than peculiar, they might have been there because they were dangerous. And he can’t shake the feeling they are still lurking around.” Riggs anticipates a sequel to the novel in the future.
The film will be produced by Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark and Jenno Topping.
Upcoming projects for Burton include his Dark Shadows with Johnny Depp, which will be released next year. He has also “produced the Timur Bekmambetov-directed Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter for Fox.”