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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