A couple days ago, I gave my review of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Though I had my qualms with the depth and pace of the story, the writing was so wonderfully descriptive that I was able to see each scene unfold in my mind as clear as day. I can say without a doubt that this book would make an excellent film and I thought so many times while reading.
Evidently, Hollywood agrees–and honestly, I knew it wouldn’t be long. These characters practically beg for the big screen. And who knows, maybe actually seeing them will give them the depth I felt they were lacking in the book. Perhaps, too, the big screen will infuse the story with the “creepy” factor I felt it was missing. And if the rumors are true, creepy is exactly what we’ll get.
According to this article from Deadline, “Tim Burton is in early talks to come aboard Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, the Ransom Riggs novel that 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment acquired last spring. Burton is in talks to develop the book as a potential directing project, and he would be involved in setting a writer to adapt the tale.”
Being responsible for movies like Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Corpse Bride, Tim Burton has to be the undisputed king of the strange and erie. I have no doubt he would deliver a truly haunting experience so I hope the book to screen journey pans out that way.
How entertaining would it be to SEE these children interact with an invisible boy? To SEE them tether their friend to the floor because she has a tendency to float away? I would be most excited to see the scene in which Enoch, a boy who has the power to transfer life from one being to another, wake up a corpse for a little post-mortem interrogation.
To see these scenes through Tim Burton’s eyes will make them that much better… and creepy.