Tim Burton to Direct Ransom Riggs’ 'Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children'

Tim Burton/Photo © cinemafestival
Tim Burton/Photo © cinemafestival

Looks like Tim Burton has set his big eyes on a new project. As previously reported in April, Burton’s IMDB page has had his name lined up for several upcoming spooky projects, but one has finally been verified: the adaptation of Ransom Riggs’ Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.

Riggs' story follows a teenage boy who discovers an abandoned children’s home on a Welsh island, only to then uncover the hidden secrets within its walls. The novel makes use of eerie historical photographs that Riggs collected over the years. Each photo depicts a character that the boy meets along his way.

Aiming for a July 2015 release, the script will be penned by screenwriter Jane Goldman, who, aside from her work on the screenplay for “Kick Ass” and the “X-Men” franchise, has previously tackled adaptations of Susan Hill's The Woman in Black  and Neil Gaiman's Stardust.

Riggs has a sequel completed, Hollow City, slated for January 2014 (no film deals have been reported for the sequel). Burton is currently in pre-production on “Big Eyes,” a 1960s-based biographical film about artists Walter and Margaret Keane. The cast for the film has some brand new faces for Burton’s body of work, recently acquiring Krysten Ritter, Jason Schwartzman, and Danny Huston.

Watch the book trailer for Ransom Riggs’ Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children below.