December 2, 2011

Screenwriter Jane Goldman is close to landing a fairly high profile writing gig sans partner Matthew Vaughn. While Goldman’s past collaborations with Vaughn have included such excellent fare as Kick Ass, X-Men: First Class, and Stardust, Deadline reports that the scribe is in talks with 20th Century Fox to tackle the adaptation of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. Written by Ransom Riggs, the novel centers on a 16-year-old who visits an orphanage that his grandfather told him stories about, only to discover that the residents may not be as harmless as he was led to believe. Inhabitants include a child whose feet never touched the ground, and another who could hold fire in her hands. Tim Burton is circling the project to direct, and I think Goldman is a fine choice to handle the script.

This won’t be the scribe’s first outing without Vaughn, as she also wrote the upcoming horror film The Woman in Black starring Daniel Radcliffe. Goldman and Vaughn are expected to return to pen a First Class sequel, but it appears she may crank out Miss Peregrine’s first. Hit the jump to read a synopsis of the novel.

miss-peregrines-home-for-peculiar-children-book-coverHere’s the official synopsis for Ransom Riggs’ Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children:

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. [Amazon]

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  • feloniousmax

    Having read the book (which was entertaining and had some neat concepts) and being a fan of Goldman’s work, this would be fantastic news if only Tim Burton were not involved, he’s become such a one note director that even Johnny Depp has made jokes about it. Let me guess HBC will be Ms. Peregrine, JD will play the Jacob’s father, Chloe Morentz (latest addition to Burton’s stable and has worked with Goldman before) will play Emma and so on and so forth…no thanks.

    • Amir

      those 3 you mentioned are talented actors who embody every single role they play.. Tim Burton is smart for always using them, just like Christopher Nolan who always reuses his same actors.. When you have the secret ingredients to a good movie, why change it?

      • feloniousmax

        I do not disagree on the talents of the actors listed (though Depp does seem to be treading the typecast line of late…Jack Sparrow, Mad Hatter and Willy Wonka were all cut from the same cloth…perhaps not in the exact same shape but all are over the top wacky characters) and I was a huge fan of Burton’s but haven’t really appreciated anything he’s done since Big Fish…Sweeney Todd was alright as a Tim Burton musical kind of works but overall he’s pretty much running on a single valve).